Kelsey Grammer did something very few people would be able to do on Wednesday, when he forgave the man who raped and murdered his sister 39 years ago. The star was present for Freddie Glenn's parole hearing at a Denver, Colorado, corrections facility via monitor, to decide if the 57-year-old convict would remain behind bars.
In 1975, Glenn was convicted of killing two men and Elisa Grammer, after kidnapping her from the Colorado Springs Red Lobster where she worked and raping her. He was 18 at the time, and although he was originally given the death sentence, it was changed to life when Colorado overturned the death penalty.
"I want to believe you have actually changed your life," the emotional Cheers star told Glenn. "Things you say, I accept a lot of it ... I accept that you live with remorse," Grammer said later. "But I live with tragedy every day."
When Glenn interrupted Grammer to apologize, he said, "Thank you ... I accept your apology. I forgive you. However, I cannot give your release my endorsement."
At a previous parole board hearing, Grammer had called his sister's killer a "butcher" and a "monster." He said that although he does believe the man truly feels remorse, and he does forgive him, he cannot in good conscious advocate for his release from prison.
"To give that a blessing would be a betrayal of my sister's life," he said.
I can't even imagine what it would be like to lose a family member in such a tragic and horrific way, let alone to eventually be able to forgive the person. I think it speaks volumes about Grammer's character that he was able to see past his pain and believe Glenn's sincerity, but I don't blame him a bit for wanting him to serve the remainder of his life sentence behind bars. It doesn't matter how sorry he is, nothing can ever bring Elisa Grammer back.
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A spokesperson with the Colorado Department of Corrections said that Glenn will remain in prison for at least another three years, until his next parole hearing.
Could you ever forgive someone who raped and murdered your sister?
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