Former “Riverdale” actor and convicted murderer Ryan Grantham fears his small face and diminutive personality will make him a target for exploitation by other inmates, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Grantham, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of his mother, Barbara Waite, and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 14 years.
The Canadian actor is likely to be held in a maximum-security prison with other killers — where he fears for his safety, his lawyer Chris Johnson told Fox News.
“When people plead guilty, it doesn’t mean they’re saying, ‘Of course, I’m going to be raped and abused by other inmates.’ That’s not part of the deal,” Johnson told the outlet.
A Vancouver-based criminal defense lawyer said his client could be at greater risk in a maximum-security prison — an issue first raised by the judge presiding over Grantham’s case, he said.
Justice Kathleen Kerr requested that officials incarcerate Grantham in a medium-security prison rather than a maximum-security prison, where most convicted murderers are sent, according to Johnson.
The former child actor, also known for his role in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” “looks like a 17-year-old,” his lawyer said.
Grantham is only 5’2″ tall and weighs about 100 pounds, he added.
“My biggest concern is that he will be victimized by other inmates and possibly abused by them,” Johnson said. “We send people to prison for both punishment and rehabilitation. And so I hope the latter happens. We don’t send people to jail so they can be punished by other inmates.”
According to the lawyer, correctional officers in Canada have the authority to serve time in lieu of a court for someone convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison.
Johnson told Fox News that he plans to send a request to the director of prisons this week to request that Grantham be sent to a low-security prison.
On March 31, 2020, the actor pleaded guilty to murder for shooting his 64-year-old mother in the back of the head while she was playing the piano in the family home.
Grantham also admitted to conspiring to assassinate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The day after killing his mother, he loaded a car with three guns, 12 Molotov cocktails and ammunition and started driving to Trudeau’s house.
Hours later he abandoned that plan and considered shooting up Simon Fraser University, where he was a student – but eventually proved himself at the police station and turned himself in for his mother’s murder.