Lillo Brancato was involved in a burglary that led to the shooting death of an off-duty police officer. After serving time in prison, he was released and has since worked on rebuilding his life and career.
Lillo Brancato, a former actor known for his role in “A Bronx Tale,” experienced a dramatic fall from grace. In 2005, Brancato and an accomplice, Steven Armento, attempted to burglarize a home in the Bronx. The noise they made during the break-in alerted off-duty NYPD officer Daniel Enchautegui, who lived next door. When Officer Enchautegui confronted them, Armento shot the officer, who later died from his injuries.
Brancato was charged with second-degree murder for his involvement in the incident. However, during the 2008 trial, he was acquitted of the murder charge but found guilty of first-degree attempted burglary. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Brancato had also been struggling with drug addiction, which played a significant role in his criminal behavior that night.
While incarcerated, Brancato claimed to have turned his life around, overcoming his addiction. He was released on parole in December 2013 after serving eight years of his sentence. Since his release, Brancato has spoken out about the dangers of drug abuse and has attempted to resume his acting career. He has taken on a few small roles and has been involved in independent film projects, though his career has not returned to its former prominence. Brancato’s story serves as a cautionary tale about the consequences of substance abuse and poor choices.