Imprisoned 'Sopranos' Actor Lillo Brancato to Get Early Release

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Monday, 30 Dec 2013 10:11 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Imprisoned "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato will reportedly get an early release Tuesday after serving a little more than eight years for his role in the slaying of an off-duty police officer.

The sister of slain New York City police officer Daniel Enchautegui told the New York Post she was notified of Tuesday's release after Brancato was granted parole in early December.

Brancato, 37, was sentenced to 10 years, and was to be released next July.

"I'm still upset that he was not convicted of the murder, and that he did not serve enough time," Yolanda Rosa told the newspaper. "I don't know how I will feel tomorrow when he is free, walking on the streets, while my brother will not."

The "Soproanos" and "A Bronx Tale" actor was convicted of attempted burglary for trying to break into a Bronx home to steal drugs. When the off-duty Enchategui, who lived nearby, went to investigate, Brancato's accomplice Steven Armento opened fire, hitting Enchategui in the chest.

Rosa told the Post officials said Brancato had been a "model prisoner."

"Well, he wasn't a model citizen before; we'll see if he's a model citizen after he gets out," she said.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said police will be watching Brancato's every move.

"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," he told the Post.

In 2011, the Post reported that Brancato beat up a fellow inmate at the Oneida Correctional Facility because he wouldn't get off the phone.

Alvaro Hernandez, who refused to cut short his conversation with his wife, told the Post that Brancato jumped him and gave him a beating.

"He thinks he runs the place, like he's God’s gift to this earth," Herandez told the Post at the time.

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