On September 20th, the former Riverdale actor was sentenced to life in prison in Canada, with the possibility of parole in 14 years after pleading guilty to the 2020 murder of his mother, Barbara Waite.
Now that his sentence has been decided, grantham’s lead counsel, Chris Johnson tells e-news, in a September 27th statement, the lawyers plan to send a request to the director of Prisons, asking them to consider sending Ryan to a medium security facility instead of a Max security facility.
Meanwhile, Talia Armstrong, a junior defense lawyer on grantham’s team, adds that Ryan’s been anticipating the sentencing for quite some time, so there was somewhat a relief to not have to be back in court to know what he’s up against for the next couple of years and just to have the sentence complete at this point.
She notes “We finished our submissions in June of this year and we didn’t get the sentencing decision until September. So during that time, Ryan was quite anxious to find out what the sentence would be.”
Prosecutors said Grantham shot his mother in the back of her head at their home in March 2020, her BC prosecution Services, his crim carries an automatic sentence of life in prison under the law.
“As for how Grantham feels about this” Armstrong continues, “this whole time he’s been accepting of whatever sentence the court found fit, which ties into how remorseful he feels he was willing to accept the maximum of 25 years before applying for parole. But of course, he’s grateful that he’ll be able to apply for parole after 14 years”.
On the topic of what Grantham hopes to accomplish Beyond his sentence, Armstrong shares, “Ultimately, he just wants to move on from this. He just wants to be able to positively contribute to the world, even if that’s just improving his own mental health he’s doing a lot of writing he’s reading a lot and he just wants to move past this dark time in his life and into something more positive.”