The Riverdale alum, 24, was sentenced on Wednesday, September 21, in British Columbia, Canada’s Supreme Court, in accordance to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The verdict additionally discovered that Grantham is not going to be eligible for the potential for parole for 14 years and should observe a lifetime firearm ban.
Grantham beforehand confessed to killing his mom, Barbara Waite, in 2020 after he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Waite had been discovered useless in their shared townhouse two years earlier. The Supernatural alum later pleaded responsible to second-degree homicide in March, fees which consequence in computerized life sentences in Canada.
“I cannot explain or justify my actions. I have no excuse,” Grantham stated throughout a June court docket listening to, apologizing for his actions. “It hurts me to think about how badly I’ve wasted my life.” He added, “In the face of something so horrible, saying sorry seems so pointless. But from every fiber of my being, I am sorry.”
Following his sentencing listening to, the actor’s legal professional, Chris Johnson, famous that his consumer had been working “really hard to turn his life around” after his arrest.
“He’s received a lot of psychological assistance and he has struggled with what he’s done and facing that,” Johnson stated in a Thursday, September 22, assertion to E! News. “But he hopes to be able to dedicate the rest of his life to making amends.”
Amid the trial, the actor’s legal professional claimed that Grantham’s mental health struggles contributed to his reasonings for killing Waite.
“At the time of the offense, this killing was not done out of hatred or animosity,” Johnson stated in the course of the June listening to. “It was done in Mr. Grantham’s disordered thinking, to prevent his mother from seeing what he thought he was about to do.”
The iZombie alum’s psychological sickness struggles did have an effect on Justice Kathleen Ker’s sentencing, per the CBC. Ker had thought of his challenges in handing down her ruling, noting he’s been in search of psychiatric assist whereas in jail and that he appeared actually remorseful for his actions.
Grantham rose to fame as an actor in TV and movie initiatives similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Becoming Redwood and Supernatural. In June 2019, he landed the position of Jeffrey Augustine on season 4 of Riverdale. The Canada native’s character killed Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) in a fatal hit-and-run car accident.