One-time Hollywood star Lillo Brancato Jr. who appeared in A Bronx Tale and The Sopranos will start the new year as a free man as reported by the New York Post.
Brancato has been in a New York prison for the last eight years after getting convicted for an attempted burglary during which his accomplice Steven Armento shot and killed off-duty NYPD cop Daniel Enchautegui. He will remain on parole for five years, and subject to a 10 pm curfew.
Armento, a washed out Genovese associate who had been cut from the crime family due to his drug problem, was convicted for the murder of Enchautegui who had intervened to stop the burglary, and the cop killer was sentenced to life in prison.
Apparently not all of Brancato's fellow inmates were fans of the celluloid tough guy.
In 2011 Brancato allegedly whaled on a convict who "wouldn't cut short a phone call to his wife" as then reported by the New York Post. According to the inmate whom Brancato supposedly attacked the celluloid tough guy "obsesses over the mob":
"He got this fetish with the Mafia. Maybe it's the roles he played in the past. He's got this persona likes he's acting like he's in the mob," he said.
Any bets on how long before Hollywood brings Brancato back into the fold now that their charactor actor has done hard time? The tinsel town crowd loves this street cred crap.