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“Riverdale” actor and convicted murderer Ryan Grantham is worried about his safety if he serves his sentence in a maximum-security prison, according to his lawyer, Chris Johnson.
The 24-year-old Canadian was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 14 years after he pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of his mother Barbara Waite.
Johnson told Fox News Digital Grantham could be at a higher risk of abuse in prison due to his “diminutive” stature and “young-looking” appearance.
The Vancouver-based criminal defense lawyer said the issue was first raised during court proceedings by the judge who presided over Grantham’s case, Justice Kathleen Ker.
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According to Johnson, Justice Ker requested that corrections authorities send Grantham to a medium-security prison instead of a maximum-security facility.
Johnson said he shares her concern over Grantham’s safety as the former child actor is 5-foot-2, weighs “about 100 pounds” and “looks like a 17-year-old.
“My biggest concern is that he will be preyed upon by other prisoners and perhaps abused by them. We send people to prison to be both punished and rehabilitated. And so I’m hopeful that the latter can take place. We don’t send people to prison so they can be punished by other prisoners.”
Johnson explained that, in the Canadian court system, the court has no authority to determine which institution an offender serves time. He said once an offender is sentenced, correction authorities have jurisdiction over that decision.
“All the judges in our case