‘Sopranos’ Alum Lillo Brancato Released on Parole
Lillo Brancato Jr. (of Sopranos fame) has been released on parole after serving 8-years in prison for an attempted robbery that resulted in the death of an off-duty New York police officer.
Way back in 2009, Brancato was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted burglary (which occurred even further back in 2005), a burglary which led to the death of Officer Daniel Enchautegui.
The actor had already served three-years in prison awaiting trial hence his release today (Dec. 31).
Brancato and his friend Steven Armento were drinking the night they decided to break into a basement apartment to steal Valium. Officer Daniel Enchautegui (who lived in the area) was awoken by the sound of breaking glass and confronted the two men.
Armento fired the fatal shot that killed Enchautegui.
Brancato would later go on to claim that he was not breaking and entering but that he had permission to be in the home. He was was eventually acquitted of Enchautegui’s death, while his partner in crime was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The 37-year-old was released early this morning, prompting the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association to release the statement: “It is our firm belief that Lillo Brancato is guilty of the murder of police officer Daniel Enchautegui even though he was only convicted of attempted burglary.”
“The entire law enforcement community will be watching and the minute he steps out of line, we’ll be sure that he is returned to prison to finish out the rest of his sentence.”
Explained Brancato of his goals now that he’s a free man, “I’m not talking about resuming an acting career. I am talking about being a good son, brother, friend and citizen.”