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Resto Pleads Guilty To Murdering Meriden Store Owner

Frankie Resto plead guilty late last month to murdering Ibrahim Ghazal.

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A 38-year-old man has plead guilty to killing a Meriden store owner just five days before his murder trial was supposed to start and now faces at least 25 years in prison.

Frankie "The Razor" Resto, 38, plead guilty on Nov. 27 for murdering Ibrahim Ghazal, a father of six, on June 27, 2012. Resto came into Meriden's EZ Mart, a store Ghazal co-owns, and demanded money from Ghazal. Ghazal gave it to him, but Resto shot him anyway.

Resto admitted to being high on heroin that night and said he didn't recall shooting Ghazal because his head was spinning, according to the New Haven Register. Resto faces 25 to 80 years in prison for the murder.

Resto was released early from prison in April of 2012 under a newly-passed "Early Release law" that allows violent criminals the ability to get out of their full sentence. In a press release, a spokesman for the Ghazal family said the family's concerns are now to ensure that Resto gets the maximum sentence of 80 years in prison and the "Early Release law" be repealed. 

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