Kelsey Grammer Forgives Sister's Killer in Emotional Parole Board Hearing

Kelsey GrammerKelsey 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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nonmember avatar anowscara

Forgive, yes. Advocate their release, and give them a chance to do it again, to another family? Very likely not. I totally see where Mr. Grammar is coming form

nonmember avatar mommy0320

My grandmother was kidnapped raped and murdered when my mom was 17. No way in hell would i ever forgive that bastard even if they knew who he was.

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Jenn Terry Humphries

This is why I still have compassion for Kelsey, despite the fact that he's done some unethical things in his life.  He's had a tragic past.  I agree with this decision to forgive but not endorse the killer's release.

cuauh... cuauhtemocsmom

He is kinder and stronger that I ever could be. I wish him peace with his decision.

beadi... beadingmom17

He handled everything with complete tact and grace. Also, people need to remember that forgiveness isn't for the other person. Kelsey's forgiveness means that he himself is ready to move on.

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