Actor Lillo Brancato has been cleared of second-degree murder charges related to the shooting death of a police officer.
Wired PR News.com – Lillo Brancato, who starred in mob hit “A Bronx Tale” and appeared in “The Sopranos” has been found not guilty of second-degree murder in relation to the killing of a police officer in New York. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Brancato was found guilty of a lesser charge in connection to the incident, attempted burglary, for which he may receive at least three years in prison. As noted by the AP, he has currently spent approximately three years in jail since the shooting, and could be credited for time served.
Brancato was charged with murder after Officer Daniel Enchautegui was shot and killed while investigating the robbery of a house he lived next door to. Enchautegui was off duty at the time. Brancato and robbery accomplice Steven Armento reportedly broke into the apartment to steal drugs. Armento was stated to have shot the officer, and was convicted of first-degree murder in a previous trial. He received life imprisonment with no parole.