Kelsey Grammer Forgives Sister's Killer

Actor testifies at Freddie Glenn's parole hearing

By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 30, 2014 10:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – During a three-month crime spree in 1975, 18-year-old Freddie Glenn killed actor Kelsey Grammer’s sister Karen, also 18, after kidnapping her from a Red Lobster in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Yesterday, Grammer testified via video conference at Glenn’s parole board hearing; he’s serving life at Buena Vista Correctional Facility for Karen’s murder and the murders of two others that year, the Denver Post reports. Though he said he forgives Glenn, Grammer told him, "I cannot give your release my endorsement. To give that a blessing would be a betrayal of my sister's life."

Glenn—who also raped Karen Grammer, according to the Los Angeles Times—said he was involved with a bad crowd and scared to get out. "I thought I would die. I thought I would be killed," he said. "I think I deserve a second chance." Now, he has a fiancée, a place to stay, and $200,000 trust fund, he added. But Grammer wasn’t swayed. "If someone did to your sister what you did to mine, what would you think should be done to him?" he said. "I accept your apology. I forgive you. ... I accept that you live with remorse. But I live with tragedy every day." The parole board has yet to make a decision.

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