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US teen jailed for slitting mother’s throat
Published on 5 May. 2011 12:46 AM IST
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A teenager has been convicted of slitting his mother’s throat while they were on holiday in India after he became upset by his parents’ divorce, a court heard.
The 16-year-old boy, of South Fayette, Pennsylvania, killed his business consultant mother Cynthia Iannarelli, 51, while in Rajasthan last August, prosecutors said.
He has been sentenced to three years in an Indian juvenile detention centre after knifing her, wrapping her body in a sheet and leaving it on a sand dune. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested after fleeing from the killing scene and trying to fly back to America.
The knife was never found but police say they recovered the boy’s clothes from the scene at the northern desert resort of Reggies Camel Camp in Osian. Local reports said he had a heated argument with his mother as he wanted her to get back together with his father, but she was not convinced.
There were no eyewitnesses in the case, but 33 witnesses testified during a lengthy trial and the Juvenile Justice Board also found him guilty of destroying evidence.
The teenager has denied the charges, wrote a letter to the court pleading innocence and false implication, and will appeal against the verdict with his lawyer R.D. Mehra.
She also described the boy as ‘just a wonderful kid’.
Dr Iannarelli was divorced from the boy’s father and police said her son was traumatised by his parents’ divorce and wanted them to get back together.
Her chiropractor George Khoury described the divorce as ‘tough on a kid’. ‘He was a kind of quiet kid from what I remember,’ he said.
‘He really started to develop into having a lot more friends as he went into high school and on the track team and basically became a lot more popular that way.’

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