Kelsey Grammer forgives man who killed his sister in Colorado Springs, but doesn't want him released

By: Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post
July 29, 2014 Updated: July 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm
photo - Karen Grammer, sister of actor Kesley Grammer, was killed in 1975 in Colorado Springs. (News services)
Karen Grammer, sister of actor Kesley Grammer, was killed in 1975 in Colorado Springs. (News services) 

BUENA VISTA — Actor Kelsey Grammer on Tuesday offered his forgiveness to the man who raped and killed his sister in 1975 in Colorado Springs, but he said he wants to see him remain behind bars.

Grammer, speaking via video conference from Denver, testified at the parole board hearing for inmate Freddie Glenn. Glenn was convicted of killing two men and Grammer's sister, Karen Elisa Grammer, and is serving a life term at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility. The board is expected to make a decision later Tuesday.

Grammer had a full beard and wore a white shirt and tie. Glenn, at times tearful as he apologized, was in a green prison jumpsuit and sat in front of a video monitor that displayed Grammer's image.

Grammer said he wanted to know why Glenn had never tried to contact him. Glenn interrupted him mid-sentence and assured him that he and his family had tried.

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

Grammer described his sister, who was killed on July 1, 1975, after Glenn and two accomplices kidnapped her from a Red Lobster restaurant in Colorado Springs where she worked. Glenn also was convicted in separate trials of the killing on June 19, 1975, of motel cook Daniel Van Lone, 28, in a robbery that netted 50 cents, and the June 27, 1975, murder of Army soldier Winfred Proffitt, 19, during a drug deal.

Glenn initially was sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to a life term when Colorado's death penalty was overturned.

Glenn was a teenager when he was arrested in the killing of three people in Colorado Springs within six weeks.

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