Lili Reinhart reacted to the prison sentence of her former Riverdale co-star Ryan Grantham, who played Jeffrey Augustine in season 4 of the hit CW series.
“We do not claim him, thank you,” Reinhart, 26, replied on Twitter in response to Variety’s tweet announcing his life sentence.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Grantham, 24, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday, September 21, in British Columbia’s Supreme Court after confessing to killing his mother, Barbara Waite, on March 31, 2020. Waite was discovered deceased earlier that year at their shared townhouse. Grantham was arrested and charged with first-degree murder before pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
According to the CBC, the former iZombie star shot his mother with a.22 rifle and then made a video of himself confessing to the murder. Grantham allegedly placed numerous types of ammo in a car with the goal of shooting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the next day. He allegedly altered his mind and considered carrying out a mass massacre at Simon Fraser University, where he was apparently enrolled, or on the Lions Gate Bridge in Canada. Grantham, on the other hand, turned himself in to the Vancouver Police Department.
“I am unable to explain or justify my conduct.” “I have no excuse,” the Diary of a Wimpy Kid star allegedly remarked in a court appearance in June. “It kills me to think about how much of my life I’ve squandered.” Saying “sorry” in the face of such horror seems useless. But I apologise from the bottom of my heart.”
Grantham’s verdict determined that he will be ineligible for parole for 14 years and must follow a lifetime handgun restriction.
Chris Johnson, the CW alum’s attorney, spoke about his client during his June sentence hearing, claiming he did not behave maliciously.
“This killing was not done out of anger or hostility at the moment of the incident,” Johnson said at the time. “It was done in Mr. Grantham’s disturbed thinking to keep his mother from seeing what he was about to do.”
According to the CBC, after learning that Grantham had sought psychiatric help while in prison, Justice Kathleen Ker took Grantham’s mental health difficulties into account. She was quoted as saying the case was “heartbreaking” and “tragic,” but Grantham’s decision to turn himself in was a “saving grace.” According to the outlet, the defendant looked to regret his conduct.
On Thursday, September 22, Johnson stated publicly that his client has been attempting to turn his “life around” since his incarceration.
“He’s had a lot of psychological help, and he’s struggled with what he’s done and how to deal with it,” Johnson said in a statement obtained by E! News. “However, he plans to devote the remainder of his life to making atonement.”