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Ex-Sopranos Star

RELEASED FROM PRISON

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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ThaMartarded1    

Ok, I'm pretty sure those cops just threatened this guy...the state obviously allowed him to go..the nypd have no right to do anything to him...the NYPD is teaching a class on how cops can be corrupt....

235 days ago
32.

King Anton    

Calogero is out? Hellz yeah!!

235 days ago
33.

Mommy845    

Which means the police will be harassing him line they always do . He did his time let him be. They just made a statement that they are going to harass thus man .

235 days ago
34.

sscaarzz    

How could he be out? Nah.....!!!!!

235 days ago
35.

irishbloke    

wow, just wow

235 days ago
36.

Andre    

He was also in the movie "Crimson Tide". I do hope he gets his life together and not fall into the same nonsense he got jailed for.

235 days ago
37.

Jae    

thes e cops are so ignorant when things don't go the way they want it. He served his time regardless if they like the outcome or not. I'm not saying i agree with it but it's the laws they have to change. However what what you wish for . The cops families and people that work in the system are always in alot of trouble.

235 days ago
38.

nika    

He looks like a badly drawn caricature...

235 days ago
39.

billy    

If he was black these comments would not read like this smh

235 days ago
40.

Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

But his hairline is still locked up!

235 days ago
41.

Sam    

Man he looks old.

235 days ago
42.

juggalo 6    

He served his time. If the pigs step out of line, shoot one in the face. They are watching? So are the American People. **** the Police.

235 days ago
43.

shanta588    

He didn't pull the trigger even the guy he was with said so guess the police don't know what murder is but he did rob the dude a bronx tale is one of my fav movie to bad they don't never play it anymore

235 days ago
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Krbowe01    

All you people who are saying he, "served his time" are incorrect. He was sentenced to 10 years (which in my opinion wasn't enough) he served 8. He has two more years to serve on parole before he has, "served his time". Sounds like he will be on supervised parole so he will be expected to report to an officer, random drug testing, can't receive any new convictions while on parole etc. If he screws any of that up he would go back before the parole board who will decide whether or not he serves out the retlst of his time in prison.

235 days ago
45.

JW    

He Starred in??? According to IMBD, he was in only 6 out of the 86 total episodes. That is harding a "star". Get your sh*t together. Guy is a douche and so in TMZ for calling him a "Star" of the show.

235 days ago
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