Sopranos actor gets his first Hollywood role after serving eight years in prison for his part in the murder of a NYPD officer.According to reports, Lillo Brancato, who played a mobster in HBO's 'The Sopranos', has landed his first Hollywood acting role after his 2013 release from prison. The actor was locked up for eight years following a robbery gone wrong in 2005 in which his friend shot an off-duty police officer. From Daily Mail:
Lillo Brancato is now filming 'Back in the Day' a movie centering around a Brooklyn boxer. 'Back in the day' centers around a Brooklyn boxer who is taken in by a mobster, according to the New York Post. The movie features Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover and Mike Tyson. Brancato plays the cousin of one of the boxer's opponents and gets in a fight with the lead actor.
In December 2005, Brancato tried to break into an apartment with Steven Armento, a low-level mobster and the father of his girlfriend, to steal Valium but NYPD officer Daniel Enchautegui heard glass break as they entered the building and confronted them.
While Enchautegui waited for backup, a gun battle erupted and he was fatally shot in the chest.
Armento was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Brancato was found not guilty of murder but was convicted of robbery and sentenced to nine years in prison minus time served. He was released on December 31, 2013.
After leaving prison, he was given his second chance by William DeMeo, who wrote 'Back in the Day', and is also producing and starring in the movie.