Former child actor gets life with no parole for 14 years for murdering mom
A former B.C. child actor who pleaded guilty to murdering his mother has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 14 years.
In March, Ryan Grantham entered the guilty plea in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver in connection with the March 31, 2020, second-degree murder of Barbara Waite, 64, at their home.
Grantham was initially charged with first-degree murder. His mother was found dead by a relative inside her home in a townhouse complex on Government Road in Squamish.
On Tuesday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Ker imposed sentence. Second-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no parole eligibility of between 10 and 25 years. The issue on sentencing was the length of parole ineligibility.
Grantham began his acting career while still in elementary school, appearing in a fried chicken commercial before landing roles in TV shows and movies. A film industry website says that he was in three TV roles, including an episode of Riverdale.