COLLIER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A local teenager was convicted of fatally stabbing his mother while the pair vacationed in India almost two years ago.

That conviction has now been overturned, and 17-year-old Joncarlo Patton has been released to US officials.

Joncarlo’s father, Rich, said he doesn’t want to comment until his son is back home. He has made 20 trips to India over the past 20 months.

Joncarlo has said all along that he did not kill his mother. However, an Indian juvenile justice board found him guilty, sentencing him to three years in a juvenile detention facility.

After 18 months, he was acquitted because of a lack of evidence. Joncarlo’s father issued the following statement:

“While this does not in any way lessen the tragic death of Dr. Iannarelli, both the Patton and Iannarelli families are relieved and joyful with Joncarlo’s acquittal, an outcome we have believed in and expected from the very beginning.”

Joncarlo is currently at the US Embassy in India.

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