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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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BLUE UGLY 💩    

He killed James Gombofono

275 days ago
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Azi    

What a turd !

275 days ago
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TheRealJerseyShore    

I don't recall that Calogero character from A Bronx Tale. Which one was he again? Probably why he liked being called 'C' because not even the tmz staff can get the name right.

275 days ago
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6one9    

He served `` his time for his crime!!!
Sounds like they ARE still out to get him!!

275 days ago
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R    

He wasnt the one who pulled the trigger, he served his time. Maybe they should worry about keeping an eye on their own so we can go a week without hearing about excessive force

275 days ago
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Brian    

That litte sh!tbag should have been locked up for ever.

275 days ago
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Azi    

Apparently New York State has abolished the Felony - Murder Rule.

275 days ago
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Carl    

You would think that a gossip site about Hollywood would understand what the term "star" means. This guy ACTED in 6 episodes of the Sopranos, he was in no way in a starring role. Starring in a show or movie means you are a main character.

275 days ago
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Bill5martin    

Did you read the story? He was acquitted of murder. You may not like it, but he got off. That is how the system works. If you have money. You can hire the best lawyers. This is why innocent people are in jail.

275 days ago
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Canadasux    

Brancato is a real "genius." The guy who pulled the trigger was a known mob associate.

275 days ago
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Nickylala    

I just hope pU$$y never gave them anything on the beviloqua case.

275 days ago
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Sillywilly    

He's been commenting on Twitter before his release TMZ, does that not count as a 'comment'?

275 days ago
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Kelly    

That was nice of the police labor union to go public with their unconstitutional unique attention toward the parolee.

275 days ago
14.

Change    

This n***a is a gangster.

275 days ago
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namers    

He'll be hired as a 'character' hood in 3, 2, 1...

275 days ago
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