Teary Nancy Kerrigan to judge: Send brother home

By the Associated Press | May 26, 2011 | 10:00 AM EDT

Nancy Kerrigan, brother of Mark Kerrigan, reacts as the jury returns a verdict for her brother at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass., Wednesday May 25, 2011. The jury found Kerrigan not guilty of manslaughter but guilty of assault and battery in the death of his father Daniel Kerrigan. Daniel Kerrigan died of a heart attack after the two had a fight at their family home. (AP Photo/Nancy Lane, Pool)

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan has tearfully asked a Massachusetts judge to spare her brother jail time and send him home "to rejoin our family" after he was convicted of assaulting his father.

Nancy Kerrigan broke down and cried as she asked Judge S. Jane Haggerty to send him home instead of sending him to jail.

She called her brother's prosecution "a long and trying experience."

Mark Kerrigan was convicted of assault, but acquitted of manslaughter in his father's 2010 death.