'Sopranos' Star Talks Life After Prison
By ETONLINE STAFF
March 10, 2014
In Lillo Brancato, Jr.'s first interview since going to jail in 2005, he talks to Rob Marciano about warnings he received from his Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini and life after prison.
Although he wishes he could have changed the outcome of the 2005 burglary that left a New York police officer dead, Brancato told Rob that he's "forgiven [himself]."
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.
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 served eight years on a burglary charge after being acquitted of murder, thanks in part to New York criminal lawyer Joe Tacopina.
Brancato admitted that the instance could've been avoided all together if he had listened to advice given to him from James Gandolfini about drug use.
"Basically he told me that we have a really good thing here, which is doing what we love and being in this profession, and he just told me to take it easy," said Brancato, who will be on probation for five years.
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