Actor Kelsey Grammer has broken his silence after refusing to endorse a killer's bid for freedom from prison, after revealing the man would probably be dead now if it wasn't for a hiccup in Colorado's death penalty laws.

The Frasier star testified against proposals to release Freddie Glenn via video conference at his parole hearing on 29 July (14), telling prison officials at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility in Colorado that he has forgiven the convict for abducting, abusing and killing his younger sister Karen in Colorado Springs back in 1975, but could not support his bid for freedom.

Appearing on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live on Monday (11Aug14), Grammer said, "After he said he was sorry, I said, 'Well, you say you're sorry so I have to accept that, but it's very hard for me to imagine you as a free man.'

"These guys were originally sentenced to death... They were just making really horrible choices and taking a lot of people's lives. My sister was six of seven (victims), that's what the cops told me at the time. They showed her no mercy, they tore her apart and then they stabbed her 42 times, and I don't see a lot of room for mercy in that. I see room for forgiveness and leniency, but leniency within the context of 'You stay in jail, please'."

Glenn was one of three men who tortured and killed Grammer's sister - and they were all initially sentenced to death.

The actor adds, "Jimmy Carter was elected president just after Karen was killed and about a year later, the Supreme Court kicked out all death penalties in the country and asked all states to review their own laws... Two years later, Colorado reinstated the death penalty for extraordinarily vicious crimes...

"My sister begged for her life to these guys... and they still tore her apart."

Parole boardmembers reviewed the case after hearing Grammer's testimony and announced Glenn's request to walk free from his life sentence had been denied on 30 July (14).