WOBURN (CBS/AP) – A jury found Mark Kerrigan not guilty of manslaughter Wednesday in the 2010 death of his father, but found him guilty on the lesser charge of assault and battery.
Mark Kerrigan was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 70-year-old father, Daniel Kerrigan. He had faced up to 20 years in prison.
WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports.
Sentencing will be Thursday at 9 a.m. He remains in custody.
A jury in Woburn Superior Court deliberated a little over 12 hours Monday and Tuesday.
Deliberations resumed Wednesday morning. A verdict was reached around 11:30 a.m.
Watch raw video of the verdict:
Prosecutors claimed Kerrigan caused his father’s death during an altercation at the family’s home in Stoneham.
He was accused of grabbing his father around the neck with such force that he broke cartilage in his father’s larynx and triggered heart failure.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jim Smith reports.
Kerrigan’s lawyers said Daniel Kerrigan died because he had severely clogged coronary arteries.
Former prosecutor Jennifer Roman talked about the verdict with WBZ-TV:
Mark’s sister, Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, made a brief statement to reporters outside the courthouse Wednesday afternoon saying her family has always supported her brother.
“My dad would never had wanted any of this,” she said.
Watch Nancy Kerrigan’s statement:
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