Kelsey Grammer faced the man convicted of raping and murdering his 18-year-old sister at a parole meeting Tuesday to determine whether the inmate would remain behind bars.
The actor spoke via a monitor, addressing Freddie Glen, 57, directly about his sister’s death 39 years ago.
“I accept that you live with remorse,” he told a tearful Freddie, who apologized for the 1975 crime and claimed he was a changed man. “But I live with tragedy every day.”
Karen Elisa Grammer was found dead after the then 18-year-old and two accomplices kidnapped her from a Red Lobster restaurant where she worked in Colorado Springs. The convicted killer is currently serving a life term at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility.
The 59-year-old continued, “I want to believe you have actually changed your life. Things you say, I accept a lot of it…You could not have come to a better person in the world than me to advocate for someone who has made some bad choices.”
The Frasier star added, “I accept your apology. I forgive you. However, I cannot give your release my endorsement. To give that a blessing would be a betrayal of my sister’s life.”
It has since been reported the corrections department decided to deny Freddie’s parole request. He will appear before the board again in three years.