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.

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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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Comments (32)
  1. Deb says:

    Can’t believe this !!!

  2. Esther Prosser says:

    who could possibly care enough about this bull to warrant interrupting regular programing

    1. nikki says:

      Obviously you if you read it and commented

  3. Richard says:

    I can’t believe anyone except the family cares at all about this. I missed Showcase show down for this.

  4. Joe says:

    The power of celebrity. Any other poor sucker would have been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Tomorrow, Nancy and her mother will take the stand and tell the judge what a great son and brother he is. Probation is all he will get…….lmao.

    1. Jenny C says:

      Unfortunately you’re probably right!!! Let’s see how long he can go before his next encounter with the police!!!!

  5. DreamJeannie says:

    Shame on the District Attorney’s office for ever bringing this case forward. The father died of a heart attack plain and simple. Mark Kerrigan did not get into his father’s arteries and cause the blockage to his heart, which is what it would have taken for him to be found guilty. Obviously, the jurors on the case were intelligent and competent, which cannot be said of the District Attorney’s office for blatantly wasting tax-payers’ money.

    1. Nursewithknowledge says:

      and Notdreamingofjeanie -a few words for-crawl back in your hole-UNLESS you have MD behind your name-You don’t know shyt either-so don’t go attacking people

  6. Deb says:

    When I first read the news earlier, I thought he was convicted of murder !
    So glad to see that is not the case.
    Now, I think everyone ( including the press ) should leave this family alone and stop judging them. No family is without it’s problems !!

    I am very happy to see that the jury could see that this was NOT murder !!!

    1. response says:

      Only in MA can you convict someone of assult and battery and when the victim dies during the altercation you are found guilty of, you are not convicted of that murder.

    2. dumbdebby says:

      crushed larynx = murder you dumb f**k

  7. jim says:

    just a drunken violent bum who got off easy….

  8. Deb says:

    you don’t even know him, nor do you have 1st hand knowledge of anything about him or his background. Leave judgement out of this. I am quite sure if he was just a ” drunken bumb ” his family would not be standing behind him.

    Easy to judge when it’s not your life

    1. Jenny C says:

      his brother isn’t-he thinks he’s a bum!!!!!

  9. Allison says:

    This is a joke. To ever lay hands on his father, never mind choke him in a drunken rage, he should have been found guilty of at last manslaughter. The son is a no good bum who was living off his parents. I feel bad for the mom if he is let free. I wouldn’t trust him for a minute.

  10. marsman says:

    This is like banging a person on the hands with a hammer while they hang outside a 10 story window by their fingertips. LOL “It wasn’t the broken hand that caused his spat” it was the pavement.

  11. Deb says:

    well apparently the mother does not feel that way !! Also,
    you dont know why the brother is not there.

  12. David Fairbanks says:

    When a daughter and mother support their violent, drunken brother (son) over the father (husband), it seems to me there may have been more going on than we know about.

  13. DeeGee says:

    It wasn’t those guys that caused Nancy’s knee injury it was the bat I say send the Bat to jail! No mercy for them huh. Didn’t see the Kerrigan’s supporting those 2 guys. Nope. No “why us” “why him’s” in this trial. Now if a stranger did this LOOK OUT it would of been murder, life in prison the father’s heart was strong aokay dad was strong as an ox, but since it was the brother, dad was one holler away from the casket, the way they make it sound he could of yelled is supper ready and keeled over from the exerciton. Hey according to some of you posting if family kills family it’s no ones business. I can hear the banjo’s when I read your posts LMAOOOO

  14. Cynic says:

    A very intelligent Jury.They cut through all the BS and returned a Verdict based on the Real World.

  15. Marcus says:

    The Jury should be ashamed of themselves! He is a 42yo drunken bum who lives in his parents basement and attacked his own father. Where is Tonya Harding, she will take care of him!

  16. Cynic says:

    Now if the Court gives him more than probation and Alcohol rehab It will show that the Court just doesn’t get it. If the Court does decide on probation and rehab it will show that everyone involved except The DA that overcharged in the begining did a great job.

  17. jerry says:

    Well you have to look at it as a tragedy all around , its a shame he hurt his father but his ticker was clogged up from to much junk which contributed to his death and yes his son should have not layed a hand on him period . So now you have a mom torn between her husband being killed and living the nightmare all over again and on top of it about to lose her son as well . It is really a hard place she is in and no one wants to lose a husband and a son . But you have to look at it her husband was clogged up in the heart and even if her son did not choke him he most likely would end up having a heart attack or stroke anyway , not saying what his son did was right but you have to stand in her shoes and ask yourself would you wanna lose a son on top of her husband ? i know its hard to answer that but this poor lady is in between a rock and a hard place . I think her son needs to get alot of help and as far as drinking concern if he ever gets caught with any beer or liquer period then send him to jail but he should suffer some but what can you do its hard to be in someones esles shoe unless you walked in them .

  18. Sandra Uxbridge says:

    why do you cut off a program when 10 mins left,when in 10 mins the news comes on and you have it all over again,the Kerrigan trial,you cut into my program when there was 10 mins left and repeated it all over again in 10 mins when the news came on

    1. Jake says:

      Sad that your life revolves around bad daytime TV.

      1. Soap Opera Slacker says:

        Ditto Jake. This woman obviously doesn’t have much to do.

  19. royp says:

    Can they sentence him to death for Assault & Battery? That would be justice!

    One way to speed up your inheritance, just choke ol’ Dad. Mums not long for tthe world anyways. Maybe she’ll “slip” and falll.

  20. jaygee says:

    The verdict is in and the family has to live with what happened forever. The only thing that astounds me is the repeated words of both the family and defense attorneys when they continue to say that the fight played no part in Mr. Kerrigan’s demise. Had it not been for the altercation, Mr. Kerrigan would still be here.

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