Nancy Kerrigan's Brother Acquitted Of Manslaughter In Father’s Death


May 25 2011, Published 6:21 a.m. ET

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A jury Wednesday acquitted Nancy Kerrigan’s brother of manslaughter in the death of their father, has learned.

Although Mark Kerrigan was acquitted of manslaughter, he was convicted of a second charge of assault and battery related to the January 2010 death of his  70-year-old father  Daniel that happened in the family home in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

Olympian Nancy Kerrigan and her mother Brenda have been in the court each day and have supported Mark throughout the trial. 

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Brenda testified that the fight between Mark and Daniel lasted only a few seconds and that she saw them in a "bear hug" and never saw Mark put his hands around his father's neck.  She said she saw her son with his arms around his father's waist and then her husband fell to the floor "like a feather coming right out of the sky."

The prosecutor told jurors Mark Kerrigan, was an "angry, mean, nasty, drunk son" who killed his father on January 24, 2010.


Mark’s attorney said their  father's longstanding heart disease was to blame for his death.

Mark Kerrigan will be sentenced Thursday; the maximum is 2 ½ years in prison.


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