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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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hbk72777    

"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."

This is why I hate cops

263 days ago
47.

Ed    

He went the wrong way, got involved in drugs. It is tragic and this shows that no one is exempt. People change, 8 years is a long time, and I hope he turned his life around.

263 days ago
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Krbowe01    

Gonna make an assumption that all people posting such negative things about cops are on the wrong side of the law. These two were robbing a house! This officer was doing his job and went to help. He didn't get to complete his shift bc he was murdered. And this guy, whether directly or indirectly played a part. Of the murder victim was a plumber and his co-worker another plumber wanted justice, I doubt people would be responding saying things like, "this is why I hate all plumbers". If some jerk is breaking in your car or home in the middle of the night I bet the first phone call you make is, 911.

262 days ago
49.

Chris    

I could only hope one of his family members die in such a tragic way by the hands if two lowlifes- so the shameless coward that he is has to endure the pain that my family goes through everyday. As for all the negative comments towards the police officers that put their lives on the the line for you everyday- stop and think what number you dial when your in need of assistance! He's no star he is a washed up lowlife and life surely will catch up with him.

262 days ago
50.

Scallywag    

Way to go. Aim for the stars...

262 days ago
51.

d. smith    

i remember him. a bronx tale was a good movie...and i think hi character was offed on the soprano'...ironic

262 days ago
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