Arnav Uppalapati entered court Friday as his father and sister sat in attendance.
Uppalapati pleaded guilty to killing his mother in 2015.
Uppalapati called 911 on Dec. 17 to report finding his mother, Nalini Tellaprolu, dead in their garage.
Tellaprolu's body was covered with bruises and scratches, according to our newsgathering partners at the News & Observer.
However, investigators have not released a motive in Tellaprolu's murder.