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Ex-Sopranos Star


After Burglary Conviction

12/31/2013 7:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lillo Brancato Jr. -- who starred in "The Sopranos" and "A Bronx Tale" -- has been released from prison on parole ... 8 years after he was involved in the killing of an off-duty NYPD officer.

Brancato was sentenced to 10 years in prison back in 2009 after he was convicted of attempted burglary in a 2005 incident that resulted in the death of Officer Daniel Enchautegui.

Brancato was acquitted of murder, but his co-defendant was found guilty of shooting and killing the officer and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Brancato was considered a rising star in Hollywood before the incident ... playing Calogero Anello in 1993's "A Bronx Tale" and Christopher Moltisanti's mob lackey Matthew Bevilaqua in "The Sopranos." 

The 37-year-old actor was released on parole early this morning. So far, he has yet to comment.

Cops are FURIOUS with his release ... in fact, the NYC Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (a police labor union) released a scathing statement saying:

"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."


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I would seriously like to know what the average guy gets who sticks up a 7-11 and his cohort shoots and kills someone. I believe murder conviction is almost certain. I mean, wrong place/wrong time gets a murder rap if it's conspiracy to commit the crime, right? And in NY, is there a murder in the commission of a felony? Where's Nancy Grace when you need her?!!!

295 days ago

Jenny Ryan    

Why do people idealize and worship these Italian mob thugs then in the next breath say that the ghetto gangs are a plight on society. Gangs are gangs. A piece of trash in a suit shooting people to get money isn't more noble than a poor kid shooting people for money. Crime is crime. It's all bad. People should stop worshiping mob shows.

295 days ago

Seriously Salty    

Nows ya can't leave......

295 days ago


He was so fine in a Bronx Tale. Ugh life hasn't been too nice

294 days ago


Boy has he aged. I wonder if he will have a career waiting

294 days ago


I was sad when he got himself into the situation that landed him in jail because he was a good actor in good roles. The Bronx Tale meshed a good actor in a good role in a good movie. THAT rarely happens. I wish him the best in his life outisde jail and hope he can get him life together. I also hope the police respect that he was granted parole and leave him alone to get his life back, but I suspect hoping for cops to act right is a lost cause.

294 days ago

my 2 cents    

A little background on this case. Brancato and his co-hort Steven Armento were having drinks, when they decided to break in and rob drugs off of someone. Well the bastards ended up trying to rob the wrong house.

294 days ago


Kobe Bryant?

294 days ago


I'm sorry, but if an armed off-duty cop steps in on a burglary and he's not in uniform, then he's just a man with a gun. "The entire police community will be watching." If the system has released Brancato, then the police community is against the system.

294 days ago

keith golay    


294 days ago


I have a lot of respect for MOST police officers; however, if this guy had been one of THEIR sons, they would have fought tooth and nail from Day 1 saying that "their" son wasn't the one with the gun. He should NOT be charged with murder! I guarantee it!

294 days ago


The past is the past. I hope he does something with his future.

294 days ago

john johnson    

i'm acually shocked he made parole for this crime, but he did 8 years by default. i don't have a problem with the other guy being in jail for the rest of his life without parole but wow, lillo wasn't looking to do anything but score to support his habit and gets unintentionally involved in the death of a police officer. the PBA should be happy he even went to jail in the first place. hopefully this guy will get his life together and get casted in some more movies. he got a great quote in one of the movies he was in....."the saddest thing in life is wasted talent". (a bronx tale).

294 days ago


Now I know his face.

294 days ago


He is sexy as Hell !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

294 days ago
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