Monday, January 25, 2010

Nancy Kerrigan's Father is Dead, Brother Charged With Assault

Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's brother has been arrested and charged with assaulting their 70-year-old father, who was found dead Sunday at his Massachusetts home.

Police say Daniel Kerrigan, 70, was found dead inside his home. Mark Kerrigan, the victim's 45-year-old son, faces arraignment today on a charge of assault and
battery on a person over 60 that resulted in injuries.

Police say Mark Kerrigan and his father had an argument late Saturday night. Mark Kerrigan wanted to use the kitchen phone his dad said no. Police say Mark Kerrigan was drunk and got into an argument with his father and there was a shoving match. According to police, Mark Kerrigan grabbed his father by the neck and Daniel Kerrgian fell to the ground. 911 was called and when EMTs arrived, Daniel Kerrigan was not breathing, but had a faint pulse. Daniel Kerrigan later died at the hospital. Police said it took four cops to remove Mark Kerrigan from the house. The police report said Mark Kerrigan was found in the basement of the Stoneham home and was "belligerent and combative" when questioned. Officers used pepper spray to subdue him and eventually arrested him. The report says Mark Kerrigan told officers he struggled with his father and put his hands around his neck after the elder Kerrigan wouldn't let him use the phone.

Daniel's wife, Brenda, told the Boston Herald that her husband died of a heart attack.

The Boston Globe says Daniel and Brenda sued Mark in 2008 for $105,000. They say their son owed the money because they had spent it taking care of his dogs, paying the mortgage on his home, and for paying a lawyer who represented him on assault charges in 2006.

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