April 8th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Kerrigan's brother indicted on manslaughter charge

The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was indicted on charges including manslaughter in the January death of his father, prosecutors said Thursday.

Mark Kerrigan, 45, had previously been charged with assault and battery in the incident involving Daniel Kerrigan, 70. A Middlesex County, Massachusetts, grand jury indicted him on charges of manslaughter and assault and battery involving an elderly person resulting in serious bodily injury, authorities said in a prepared statement.

Prosecutors allege that during an argument with his father, an intoxicated Kerrigan became violent and grabbed his father around the neck, causing a compression fracture to cartilage in the older man's larynx. Daniel Kerrigan was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

"We allege that the defendant's violent reckless actions and complete disregard for his father's safety and well-being endangered Daniel Kerrigan's life and resulted in the substantial harm that led to his untimely death," District Attorney Gerry Leone said in the statement.

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