A former Sopranos actor convicted for his real-life role in the slaying of an off-duty police officer during a botched break-in at a Bronx home was released from prison Tuesday and put on parole.
Lillo Brancato Jr. was freed after serving time for a 2008 burglary conviction. At the same trial, he was acquitted on a second-degree murder count that carried a possible sentence of 25 years to life.
Brancato was sentenced to 10 years in prison in January 2009. He had already served three years in jail while awaiting trial and was eligible for a conditional release in July 2014. Brancato was freed over the vehement objections of police union officials.
Brancato got his big break starring opposite Robert De Niro in the 1993 film A Bronx Tale. He later landed smaller roles, most memorably in The Sopranos, playing a wannabe mobster who gets whacked.
By 2005, Brancato started having minor brushes with the law. He began hanging out with Steven Armento, a low-level Genovese crime family associate. According to prosecutors, the two were at a Bronx strip club before deciding to break into an apartment and steal Valium. The sound of breaking glass awoke off-duty Officer Daniel Enchautegui, who lived nearby and confronted the men. A fierce gun battle erupted; Enchautegui suffered a fatal wound to the chest.
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