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Man who strangled mother in their home gets 25 year sentence

NEW BRUNSWICK, N. J. – A New Jersey man who strangled his mother to death in their home during a Thanksgiving weekend, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Frank Polera will have to serve about 21 years before they are eligible for parole under the sentence imposed Thursday. Initially, he was charged with the murder in November 2016, the death of a 61-year-old Patricia Polera, but eventually pleaded guilty in January to aggravated manslaughter.

Patricia Polera was found dead in the family the Old Bridge house. An autopsy showed she had died of asphyxia by compression.

Authorities say the 31-year-old Polera initially claimed that his mother had fallen out of bed. They have not disclosed a motive for the attack.

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