Actor Kelsey Grammer says he forgives the man who raped and killed his sister in Colorado nearly 40 years ago but doesn’t want him to be paroled.
Grammer testified by video Tuesday at the parole board hearing for Freddie Glenn, who is serving a life sentence at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility. He was convicted of killing Karen Elisa Grammer after kidnapping her from a Colorado Springs Red Lobster restaurant where she worked in 1975.
The Denver Post reports Glenn was tearful at times as he apologized. He was 18 at the time and said he thinks he deserves a second chance.
Grammer is reported to have asked Glenn why he has never attempted to contact him or his family, and told Glenn that he “wants to believe you have actually changed your life.”
“Things you say, I accept a lot of it,” Grammer said. “I accept that you live with remorse. But I live with tragedy every day.”
The actor also said that he accepted Glenn’s apology, but endorsing his release would be a “betrayal of my sister’s life.”
Glenn was also convicted of two separate murders, both of which took place in 1975: of motel cook Daniel Van Lone, 28, and U.S. Army soldier Winfred Proffitt, 19. He was initially sentenced to death, but had his sentence commuted to life in prison after Colorado overturned the death penalty.