Ex-“Sopranos” star Lillo Brancato, paroled Tuesday for his role in a cop killing, walked out of prison. Lillo Brancato Jr. was freed after serving time for a 2008 burglary conviction. At the same trial, he was acquitted on a second-degree murder count that carried a possible sentence of 25 years to life.
Brancato was sentenced to 10 years in prison in January 2009. At the time, he had already served three years in jail while awaiting trial and was eligible for a conditional release in July 2014.
Brancato was an unknown when he got his big break starring opposite Robert De Niro in the 1993 film “A Bronx Tale.” He later landed smaller film and television roles, most memorably in “The Sopranos,” playing a bumbling, wannabe mobster who gets killed by Tony Soprano. He is ordered to report to his parole officer in suburban Westchester County, where he will live and remain under supervision until the end of 2018.