Connecticut State Police

Glastonbury Man Accused of Murder in Preston Drive-By Shooting

Connecticut State Police have arrested a Glastonbury man who is accused of murdering a man during a drive-by shooting in Preston over the weekend.

Troopers received a 911 call from a motorist who thought he witnessed a shooting at the intersection of Route 2A and Route 12 in Preston around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Shortly after, police said a man suffering from a single gunshot wound, later identified as 35-year-old Robert Thompson, was transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital by a friend. Thompson later died from his injuries.

After an extensive investigation, authorities said a person of interest was developed by Eastern District Major Crimes Detectives.

At 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, state police arrested 25-year-old Francis Giannelli, of Glastonbury, troopers said.

Giannelli is facing charges including murder, criminal use of a weapon and carrying a pistol without a permit. He is being held on $1 million bond and is in court on Wednesday.

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