Must be nice to kill your dad and just walk away Scott-free…
The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was acquitted Wednesday of manslaughter in the death of their 70-year-old father by a jury that apparently agreed with his defense that the elder man died of heart disease, not from a scuffle between the two.
Mark Kerrigan, 46, was convicted, though, of a misdemeanor assault and battery charge in a January 2010 altercation with Daniel Kerrigan at the family’s home in Stoneham, just north of Boston.
Nancy Kerrigan and her mother, Brenda, embraced and cried after the verdict was read; the skater had supported her brother and attended every day of the nine-day trial in Woburn Superior Court.
“My family has never believed at all that my brother had anything to do with my father’s death, and he would — my dad would — never have wanted any of this,” Nancy Kerrigan said outside the courthouse after the verdict, standing with other family members.
Defense attorney Janice Bassil said mother and daughter plan to give victim impact statements when Mark Kerrigan is sentenced Thursday. He faces a maximum 2 1/2 years in a county jail.
…Prosecutors said Mark Kerrigan caused his father’s death after he grabbed him around the neck with such force that he broke cartilage in his father’s larynx and triggered heart failure.
You can’t be serious! Ok maybe the man did have heart disease etc etc, but you can’t tell us that if he had not gotten into that fight that he would have died that day! Wonder if a black man would have be found innocent if he fought his elderly father??
Should Mark Kerrigan go to jail for his father’s death??