Sopranos Actor Gets Reduced Sentence for Deadly Robbery

Brancato gets 10 years for role in cop killing
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2009 1:18 PM CST
In this file photo provided by the New York Police Department, officer Daniel Enchautegui, 28, is shown in an undated photograph.   (New York City Police Department)
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(Newser) – Lillo Brancato was given a reduced sentence of 10 years in prison for the attempted burglary that ended in the murder of an off-duty police officer, the New York Daily News reports today. The ex-Sopranos actor, 32, also got 5 years of probation for the botched prescription-drug robbery, during which his partner in crime shot the officer. A Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association exec slammed the decision as “a travesty of justice.”

Judge Martin Marcus lacked “the courage to follow through and give the maximum sentence to this lowlife, drug addict, washed-up actor,” John Puglissi continued. “Lillo Brancato was able to act his way out of a murder conviction and now that mistake was tragically compounded by less than a maximum sentence.”