By Wyatt Earp | December 23, 2008
Celebrity has its privileges.
NEW YORK — Lillo Brancato Jr., an actor who appeared in “The Sopranos,” was acquitted of the 2005 killing an off-duty New York City police officer but found guilty of attempted burglary.
Brancato, 32, was also acquitted of two counts of burglary, but could face three to 15 years in prison on the attempted burglary charge. He has already served three years, according to his attorney, Joseph Tacopina.
If there is any justice, Brancato will spend 15 years in prison, and get sodomized every single day. In reality, he’ll get three years - with time served. Disgraceful.
Police officer Daniel Enchautegui, 28, was killed trying to break up a burglary attempt at his neighbor’s house in the Bronx in December 2005.
That’s when prosecutors said Armento shot the officer through the heart with his .357 Magnum.
Armento was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in November. The jury in that trial took less than six hours to convict Armento.
And they dropped the ball on Brancato, in my opinion.
Enchautegui was shot in the chest by Armento when he interrupted the alleged robbery, but managed to shoot both suspects multiple times before dying.
“This jury spoke loud and clear, that Lillo had nothing to do with the murder of this police officer,” Tacopina said. (H/T - CNN)
Bullshit. First of all, Brancato was there, doped up, and already in the process of committing a felony. Second, he had no idea that Officer Enchautegui was a cop, because he was dressed in civilian clothes. Personally, I think that if Brancato had a gun, there is no reason to think he wouldn’t have shot the officer. And finally, the jury acquitted Brancato because everyone in New York knows who this tool bag is (or was). He was acquitted because he was famous. End of story.
I feel terribly for Officer Enchautegui’s family.