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Nancy Kerrigan's Brother Awaiting Verdict On Manslaughter Charge

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Nancy Kerrigan's brother, Mark, is currently waiting for jury deliberations on whether or not he is guilty of killing his father, Daniel Kerrigan.

Mark got into a violent argument while intoxicated with his 70-year-old father who died from heart failure as a result on January 24, 2010.

The prosecutor referred to Mark as an "angry, mean, nasty, drunk son" while asking the jury for a guilty verdict under the charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault and battery on a person 60 years or older causing serious bodily injury.

We would naturally assume this would tear the Olympic gold medalist's family apart, but Nancy and her mother, Brenda, actually SUPPORT Mark. In fact, Brenda even testified on his behalf.

Although accused of grabbing his father around the neck during the fight that may have lead to his death, Brenda said the altercation lasted only a few seconds with Mark never touching his father's neck. Instead, she claims she saw her son "bear hug" her husband around his waist, then watched him fall to the floor "like a feather coming right out of the sky."

Guilty or not, this is a pretty awful circumstance for any family to go through.

If convicted of manslaughter, Mark could serve simple probation or up to 20 years in prison, while the assault and battery charges carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.

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