Peter Manfredonia is on trial today in CT homicide

MILFORD – A prosecutor told a judge Thursday that she has begun drafting a plea deal to a former University of Connecticut student accused of fleeing the state after two killings in 2020.

Peter Manfredonia almost appeared before Milford Superior Court Judge Peter Brown via a remote hearing from the Garner Correctional Institution in Cheshire, where he is being held instead of bonds totaling $ 12 million.

The 25-year-old is charged with murder, felony murder, first-degree kidnapping, home invasion, first-degree robbery and carrying a gun without permission in connection with the murder of Nicholas Eisele in Derby and the kidnapping of Eisele’s girlfriend.

During Thursday’s hearing, Attorney General Margaret Kelley asked that the case be continued until next month so she could meet with Eisele’s family to review pre-trial discussions and “start formulating some kind of offer.”

The prosecutor said she will also discuss the case with Tolland Judicial District Attorney Matthew Gedansky, who is handling charges related to Manfredonia’s alleged samurai sword attack on May 22, 2020 on two men in Willington and home invasion of a nearby house prior to the Eisele murder.

A victim of the Willington attack, Ted Demers, was killed and another man, John Franco, was critically injured but survived, according to authorities.

Manfredonia is due to appear in Vernon Superior Court on Friday on these charges.

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