Cary man pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder for killing mother in 2015

Wake County News

A Cary man pleaded guilty Friday to killing his mother in the garage of their home in December 2015.

Arnav Uppalapati, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 12-15 years in prison for killing his mother, Nalini Tellaprolu.

On Dec. 17, 2015, emergency workers were called to the family home in the 2100 block of Roland Glen Road after Uppalapati and a family friend found Tellaprolu’s body in the home’s garage.

She was found strangled to death with a plastic bag over her head.

Neighbors described Tellaprolu, who worked in IT at Duke University Health System, as a warm and kind mother of two children.

Prosecutors on Friday described the crime, saying that Uppalapati had a lot bottled up inside and like most teens, sometimes disobeyed his mother, who they said was strict.

It’s believed that Uppalapati and his mother got into a fight over a pizza order and that Tellaprolu may have pushed or slapped her son before he choked her.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Howard Cummings said the plea deal should be considered a “lenient sentence.”

Cummings said the lenient sentence was given due to multiple factors, including Uppalapati’s age, lack of maturity and overall good character before the murder.

The defense said of their client, “…something snapped. It’s a horrible tragedy…This was horrible for everyone.”

Uppalapati’s sister submitted a letter to the court about the case, but the judge sealed it, so it’s unclear what was written.

Work releas was recommended for Uppalapati. He did not look at either his father or sister as he was led out of court to begin his sentence.

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