Man Accused of Killing Meriden Convenience Store Owner Pleads Guilty

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    The man accused of robbing, shooting and killing a Meriden convenience store owner pleaded guilty of murder and robbery in court today.

    Frankie Resto, a convicted robber who was out on early release at the time of the incident, is accused of killing Ibrahim Ghazal during the armed robbery of Ghazal’s convenience store, EZ Mart, located at 271 East Main Street in Meriden.

    Police said it happened the morning of June 27, 2012 while Ghazal, a father of six, was working at the store.

    According to police, Resto entered the store and demanded money. Ghazal handed over the cash and was then shot in the chest.

    Resto was arrested and charged with murder and first-degree robbery.

    In October, Resto rejected a plea deal that would require him to serve 40 years in prison.

    He's due back in court Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

    An alleged accomplice, 30-year-old Willie Breyette of New Britain, was charged with aiding and abetting first-degree robbery and hindering prosecution.