Kelsey Grammer forgives sister’s killer, parole board denies release

Kelsey Grammer, whose new series "Partners" debuts next week on FX, testified Tuesday before a Colorado parole board regarding the possible release of his sister's killer.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Kelsey Grammer forgave the inmate who murdered his sister 39 years ago, but said Tuesday during a parole board meeting that he still did not want the man released from prison.

The Colorado parole board was deciding if Freddie Glenn, 57, would remain behind bars for the 1975 rape and murder of 18-year-old Karen Grammer, a spokeswoman with the Colorado Department of Corrections said.

The Denver Post first reported this story.

On Wednesday, a corrections department spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times that Glenn’s parole had been denied. He will appear before the board again in three years, she said.

Present for the hearing via a monitor, the 59-year-old star of the upcoming comedy series “Partners” spoke for the first time to the man who forever changed his life.


Glenn, reportedly tearful at times, told Grammer he was sorry for the atrocity he committed in his youth and was a changed man who yearned for a second chance at life.

“I accept that you live with remorse,” Grammer told Glenn. “But I live with tragedy every day.”

Still, the “Frasier” star said he did believe the man, whom he’d called a “butcher” and “monster” during a previous parole hearing, had changed.

“I want to believe you have actually changed your life,” Grammer said. “Things you say, I accept a lot of it.”

In addition, Grammer said he himself was not perfect, so asking forgiveness was something he took to heart.

“You could not have come to a better person in the world than me to advocate for someone who has made some bad choices” he said.

Grammer then told Glenn he forgave him.

“I accept your apology. I forgive you,” the actor said. “However, I cannot give your release my endorsement. To give that a blessing would be a betrayal of my sister’s life.”

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