Kelsey Grammer lost his sister nearly 40 years ago, but he was brought back to that day when he was asked to testify at the parole hearing of the man convicted of killing her.
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Freddie Glenn, along with two accomplices, kidnapped Karen Elisa Grammer from the parking lot of a Red Lobster in Colorado Springs in July 1975. He was convicted of rape and murder in the case and was also convicted of killing two other men. Glenn was originally sentenced to death, but that was commuted to life in prison when Colorado overturned their death penalty. He is currently serving a life sentence at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility, but is up for parole.
According to the Denver Post, Glenn was only 18 at the time of the murder and said he deserves a second chance. He also asked for Grammer’s forgiveness.
Kelsey Grammer testified by video on Tuesday and said he has forgiven Glenn, but does not want him paroled. He said giving Glenn a second chance would be a betrayal of his sister.
“I accept your apology. I forgive you. However, I cannot give your release my endorsement. To give that a blessing would be a betrayal of my sister’s life,” Grammer said. “I want to believe you have actually changed your life. Things you say, I accept a lot of it.
“I accept that you live with remorse,” he added. “But I live with tragedy every day.”
Grammer, who just welcomed his sixth child with his wife, Kayte, was only 20 at the time of his sister’s murder and he was not yet a household name.
Glenn’s parole was denied this time, but he will be allowed to face the parole board again in three years.