MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A family was torn apart by violence and customer's of that family's business were left in disbelief. Now a man who shows no remorse for the charges he's facing is basically making a mockery of the system.
"Do your crime and you serve your time," said State Senator Len Suzio.
Suzio says that apparently wasn't the case with 36-year-old Frankie Resto who's accused of gunning down a Meriden store clerk back in June.
Resto was released from a CT prison 6 months before finishing his sentence for armed robbery. Had he not been released early he would still be behind bars. And would not have been able to commit the crime of murder for which he's now charged.
"If it turns out he did do the crime, he didn't serve his full sentence," said Suzio. "He should have been in jail until October, which means behind bars he wouldn't have been here that night and he wouldn't have committed the crime if he's found guilty of it."
Suzio says Resto's sentence was cut short under the state's risk reduction earned credit program, which passed the democratic dominated legislature last year.
The victim's daughter sat inside the courtroom as her father's alleged killer was arraigned. She says as hard as it was going to be she wanted to see the man who took her father's life.
"What was that moment like when you saw him walk in that courtroom," asked News 8's Ali Reed.
"It was a difficult moment," said Tharwat Ghazal, victim's daughter, "very difficult."
Her father, 70-year-old Ibrahim Ghazal, was working at an EZ Mart store in Meriden when police say Resto shot him during a robbery on June 27th.
"My father was a really nice guy, he helped everybody," said Tharwat. "He always gave to everyone, but never asked anything in return."
As hard as it's been, she says nothing could have prepared her for coming face-to-face with her father's alleged killer.
"It was so hard," said Tharwat. "I thought I could handle it, but I can't. It's not easy."
Her mother, Ibrahim's widow, was so overcome with emotion that she fainted in the courthouse.
Paramedics were called to the scene.
"He's evil. He stared at me for two minutes," Tharwat said. "I feel so bad my father got killed by him. He's homeless, he's evil."
"I started to cry as soon as I saw how he looked at her," said Mary Morgan.
It was an emotional day that capped weeks of pain for the family, especially Ibrahim's widow.
"She's not okay, always crying," said Tharwat, "holding my father's clothes, smelling his clothes, it's not easy."
Among the crimes Resto is charged with are felony murder and robbery.
He's being held on $3.1 million bail.
Tharwat says she sees no justice.
"He killed my father and he took his life," she said. "It's not fair just to put him in the jail, it's not fair."
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