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Old Bridge Man Sentenced for 2016 Matricide

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Old Bridge's Frank Polera has been sentenced to a 25-year prison term after being found guilty of strangling his mother in 2016. The prison term is subject to the No Early Release Act. As such, the defendant will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that the 31-year old man from Old Bridge has been sentenced to serve 25 years in a New Jersey state prison for strangling his mother to death, according to a press release form the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

Frank Polera, was sentenced today in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez Jr., for causing the death of Patricia Polera, 61, on November 26, 2016.

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The prison term is subject to the No Early Release Act. As such, the defendant will have to serve 85 percent of his prison term before becoming eligible for parole.

Polera pleaded guilty on January 29, 2018 to aggravated manslaughter in the death of his mother. The plea was entered before Judge Jimenez after the defendant reached a plea agreement with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Lamountain and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Vanessa Craveiro.

An investigation by Detective Addie Spinola of the Old Bridge Police Department and Detective Joseph Chesseri of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that that the defendant caused the death of his mother. An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office showed the victim died from asphyxiation by compression.

Police were called to the victim’s home on Kirschman Drive on November 26, 2016 at 8:48 p.m. to find the woman had been killed in the home she shared with her son. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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