Nancy Kerrigan: Olympic Skater's Brother to Be Sentenced Thursday for Assault
Nancy Kerrigan's brother, Mark Kerrigan, was convicted Wednesday of assault but was found innocent of the more serious charge of manslaughter in the January, 2010 death of their father, Daniel Kerrigan.
The 1992 Olympic bronze medalist and 1994 silver medalist was in the courtoom with her mother, Brenda, every day for the week-long trial. Both Nancy and her mother supported Mark Kerrigan, saying they did not believe he was the cause of Daniel Kerrigan's death. Brenda Kerrigan testified during the trial, saying she would not describe the dispute between her husband and son as a "fight."
Defense attorneys said the death was caused by heart failure, not by the actions of Mark Kerrigan, and a jury in Massachusetts found the son innocent of involuntary manslaughter charges but guilty of assault. He will be sentenced Thursday.
Daniel Kerrigan, 70, died of heart failure after an argument with his son. Prosecutors argued that Mark Kerrigan caused the death by violently grabbing his father's neck.
Jurors deliberated for part of Monday and all of Tuesday before reaching their verdict Wednesday morning.
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