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Kelsey Grammer forgives sister's murderer but speaks out against his release

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This June 25, 2014 photo shows actor Kelsey Grammer at the premiere of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" in New York. Grammer testified against the release of Freddie Glenn who is serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of his sister Karen Elisa Grammer in 1975. (AP)

A man who raped and killed Kelsey Grammer's sister nearly 40 years ago has been denied parole after the actor testified against his release.

A prison spokeswoman said Wednesday that Freddie Glenn's parole request has been denied for now.

Glenn, who is serving a life sentence, was convicted of killing Karen Elisa Grammer after kidnapping her from a Colorado Springs Red Lobster restaurant where she worked in 1975. He also was convicted of killing two men in separate slayings.

The Denver Post reports Glenn was tearful at times as he apologized during Tuesday's parole hearing. He was 18 at the time of Karen Grammer's death and said he thinks he deserves a second chance.

"I want to believe you have actually changed your life," Grammer said to Glenn, according to E! News. "But I live with tragedy every day."

Glenn interrupted Grammer's testimony at one point to apologize. 

The actor replied, "Thank you. 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."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.