- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Former “Sopranos” star Lillo Brancato Jr. was released from prison Tuesday morning and placed on parole, eight years after he was involved in the killing of a New York police officer.

Brancato, 37, was involved in a 2005 attempted burglary that resulted in the shooting death of Officer Daniel Enchautegui. A jury found him guilty in 2008 of the attempted burglary, but not murder. He was sentenced in 2009 to 10 years behind bars, while his co-defendant received life without parole for the death of the officer, TMZ reported.

Brancato was paroled at 9 a.m. Tuesday, and the cops aren’t thrilled with his early release.

“It is our firm belief that Lillo Brancato is guilty of the murder of police officer Daniel Enchautegui even though he was only convicted of attempted burglary,” the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said in a statement, TMZ reported.

“The entire law enforcement community will be watching and the minute he steps out of line, we’ll be sure that he is returned to prison to finish out the rest of his sentence,” the statement said.

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