Skater Nancy Kerrigan’s brother, Mark Kerrigan, charged after his father is fatally attacked

January 26th, 2010 by

www.nydailynews.com/ — Mark Kerrigan – a troubled ex-con living in his parents’ basement – told cops he was angry with his father because he wouldn’t let him use the phone.

When officers found 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan passed out in the trashed kitchen, his son told cops “he was faking it.”

The patriarch was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

An apparently intoxicated Mark Kerrigan was “belligerent and combative,” forcing cops to subdue him with pepper spray, a shocking Stoneham (Mass.) Police Department report says.

“I observed blood on the kitchen floor where Daniel Kerrigan had been treated by several people,” the report stated.

“There were three pictures that apparently [had been] knocked off the wall from a struggle. There was a photo on the wall crooked, and a broken piece of phone on the ground.”

Mark Kerrigan, 45, sobbed silently as he pleaded not guilty to assault and battery on an elderly person and was ordered held on $10,000 bail.

He faces more serious charges if an autopsy shows the assault caused his dad’s death.

His court-appointed lawyer described him as an Army vet who suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder.

Nancy Kerrigan, a 40-year-old married mom who lives in nearby Lynnfield, was holed up with her family, who in a brief statement called Daniel Kerrigan a “wonderful husband” and “a caring and loving father.”

They asked that their privacy be respected.

Brenda Kerrigan, Mark and Nancy’s mother, told the Boston Herald that her husband had died of a heart attack and that there was nothing suspicious about the death.

Family friend Jim Day said Nancy was shattered. “A lot of this we don’t have answers for,” he said. As for Mark Kerrigan, Day said, “He is a wonderful human being in his own way.”

While his sister has two Olympic medals, Mark Kerrigan has a “lengthy” rap sheet for pot possession and petty crimes.

Mark Kerrigan was released from prison in November for a 2005 domestic assault. His wife told cops her drunk husband was “out of control,” according to a police report.

Cops found Kerrigan walking down a street with a hunting knife in each hand. He was yelling, “F—ing shoot me, I want to die, kill me please!” the report states.

Mark Kerrigan served just four months, but was sent back to the slammer after violating the restraining order his wife took out, records show.

Two years ago, the family sued Mark Kerrigan to recoup the $105,000 they had spent paying his mortgage and feeding his dogs while he was in jail, according to court records.

The explosion of rage at Kerrigan’s childhood home was revealed Sunday after cops got a 911 call.

Nancy Kerrigan is no stranger to harrowing headlines. In 1994, a hit man hired by the husband of rival skater Tonya Harding kneecapped her with a collapsible baton at a figure- skating practice.

Kerrigan recovered in time to win a silver medal at that year’s Winter Olympics.


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