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Kelsey Grammer forgives sister's murderer but won't endorse parole

The actor said endorsing parole would be "a betrayal" of his sister's life.
By Annie Martin   |   July 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM   |   Comments

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BUENA VISTA, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- Kelsey Grammer has forgiven his sister's murderer, but does not want the man released on parole.

The 59-year-old actor spoke to Freddie Glenn for the first time Tuesday via video conference at the inmate's parole board hearing. Glenn was convicted in 1976 for the deaths of Daniel Van Lone and Winfred Proffitt, and the rape and murder of Grammer's sister, Karen Elisa Grammer, and is serving a life sentence at Buena Vista Correctional Facility

Glenn and Karen were both 18 years old at the time of the murders, and Glenn became emotional as he apologized to Grammer. He told the actor he had gotten in with the wrong crowd, and thought he would be killed if he didn't participate in the crimes. He asked for "a second chance," and said he has a fiancée and two sisters in Florida who are willing to take him in if he is released.

"I accept that you live with remorse," Grammer responded. "But I live with tragedy every day ... I forgive you. However, I cannot give your release my endorsement. To give that blessing would be a betrayal of my sister's life."

Glenn was previously denied parole in 2009 after Grammer called him a "butcher" and a "monster" in a written statement for the hearing. His accomplice, Michael Corbett, was given three consecutive life sentences for the murders of Daniel Van Lone, Winfred Proffitt and Winslow Watson, and has been denied parole four times at Four Mile Correctional Center.

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