- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Killer denied parole

A man convicted of killing the sister of Kelsey Grammer and two other people more than three decades ago was denied parole in Denver Monday after the prison board heard a written statement from Mr. Grammer calling the man a butcher and a monster.

The Colorado Parole Board also heard from other relatives of the victims and from detectives before deciding not to release 52-year-old Freddie Glenn.

“This is a butcher. This is a monster,” said the statement from the star of TV’s “Frasier.” “I can never accept the notion that he can pay for the nightmare with anything less than his life.”

Mr. Grammer had planned to attend the hearing at a state prison in Limon, about 90 miles southeast of Denver, but a rain delay at Kennedy International Airport in New York caused him to miss a connecting flight.

Glenn is serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of Karen Grammer in 1975 when she was 18. She was abducted outside a Colorado Springs restaurant, raped and stabbed on July 1.

In addition to that slaying, Glenn was convicted of the June 19, 1975 slaying of 28-year-old motel cook Daniel Van Lone during a botched robbery, and the June 27, 1975, slaying of 19-year-old Army soldier Winfred Proffitt during a drug deal.

Glenn had been given the death penalty but that sentence was commuted in 1978 to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Colorado law no longer allows parole in life sentences for first-degree murder, but Glenn was convicted before that law was changed.

During the hearing, Glenn downplayed his role in the slayings and told the board, “I apologize for my participation in something so terrible. I am sincerely and truly remorseful,” The Denver Post reported.

In his statement, Mr. Grammer said his sister had graduated from high school a year early and decided to take a year off after attending a semester of college. Mr. Grammer said she may have moved to Colorado Springs because of a boy she liked.

“She was so smart and good and decent. She wrote poetry … We could laugh for hours together,” Mr. Grammer wrote. “I was supposed to protect her I could not. It very nearly destroyed me… When we heard this man might be paroled, the suffering began anew.”

Glenn will be eligible for parole again in 2014.

Jonas, Belle part

It’s official: Joe Jonas and Camilla Belle have broken up, People.com reports.

“Yes, it’s true, they have broken up,” Miss Belle’s rep, Brad Cafarelli, confirmed Monday. “There is no third party involved, and they care deeply about each other and will remain friends.”

The 19-year-old rock star, known for his energetic performances, reportedly was visibly saddened during a Jonas Brothers concert in Detroit on Sunday, especially when he sang “Much Better,” a song he penned after he began dating Miss Belle, 22, last fall. The song is about a girlfriend who is “much better” than a previous girlfriend and is widely believed to be a dig at Taylor Swift, who very publicly dissed Mr. Jonas after he broke up with her.

Downey has a ‘Date’

Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. has been tapped to star opposite Zach Galifianakis in a comedy about an expectant father scrambling to get to the birth of his first child, Agence France-Presse reported Monday.

Mr. Downey, an Academy Award nominee this year for his performance in “Tropic Thunder,” will play the father in “Due Date,” while Mr. Galifianakis (“The Hangover”) will play his mismatched travel partner, Daily Variety reported.

The film, due to start production later this year, will be directed by “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips.

Mr. Downey will next be seen in the title role of “Sherlock Holmes” before reprising his role as Tony Stark in “Iron Man 2” in 2010.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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