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Apr 9, 2010 9:56 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Kerrigan brother pleads not guilty to manslaughter

Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's brother has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and assault in Massachusetts in the death of their father.

Forty-five-year-old Mark Kerrigan entered the pleas Friday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn.

Prosecutors say 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan died after a violent clash Jan. 24 with his son in the family home in Stoneham, outside Boston. The family insists Mark Kerrigan is not responsible for his father's death.

Kerrigan was indicted this week on the manslaughter charge and had earlier been charged with assault and battery. He has been living in the family home since being released on bail.

The maximum sentence for manslaughter in Massachusetts is 20 years in prison.

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