Ryan Grantham was sentenced in British Columbia after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in March 2020
Grantham shot his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite, in the back of the head while she was playing the piano in March 2020, according to reports. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this year, after initially facing first-degree murder charges.
Grantham, 24, began his sentence hearing in the British Columbia Supreme Court on Monday, June 13, 2022, which will determine how long he must serve before applying for parole.
Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence with a parole ineligibility period ranging from 10 to 25 years.
The court heard on Monday how Grantham rehearsed the murder and took films throughout the proceedings, including footage after the murder in which he confessed and revealed his mother’s body.
The next day, Grantham allegedly loaded his car with three firearms, ammo, a dozen Molotov bombs, camping gear, and directions to Trudeau’s family residence.
Grantham never arrived at Trudeau’s house, instead of going to Vancouver police headquarters to report himself up.
Grantham’s attorney, Chris Johnson, argued that his client’s conduct was influenced by mental illness.