Lillo Brancato's First Interview Out of Jail


The Sopranos star Lillo Brancato, Jr. sat down with ET's Rob Marciano for his first interview since going to jail for a 2005 burglary that left a New York police officer dead.

According to Brancato, he and his accomplice Steven Armento broke into an apartment on that December morning "to try to score some drugs."

When off-duty officer Daniel Enchautegui responded to the break-in, a gunfight erupted.

"I was walking back to the car," said Brancato. "I heard a strange and unfamiliar voice say 'don't move.' I was startled so I turned around, and I was shot. I was shot twice."

According to police, Brancato's accomplice, Armento, fired at the officer first, striking him near his heart. Armento was then shot four times and is now serving a life sentence. Brancato, who was unarmed, served eight years on a burglary charge.

While Brancato does not feel as if he got away with murder, he does regret that his "drug addiction contributed to something that serious."

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about that night," said Brancato. "I wish I could change its outcome, but unfortunately we can't change the past."