SOPRANOS actor Lillo Brancato Jr has been cleared of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an off-duty policeman in 2005.
Officer Daniel Enchautegui was shot dead by Brancato's friend Steven Armento when he disturbed the pair breaking into his neighbour's Bronx, New York home on 10 December 2005.
Brancato - who was shot and wounded by Enchautegui - was convicted of the lesser charge of attempted burglary on Monday (22Dec08) and now faces a minimum of three years in prison.
The star could be excused from serving the sentence because he has been behind bars about that long.
Brancato took the stand earlier this month (Dec08) to explain to the jury he suffered from judgment-impairing heroin withdrawals on the night of the shooting.
He claimed he had known the owner of the house for several years and had permission to go inside and take painkillers and other pills - but didn't know the man had died earlier that year.
Armento was convicted earlier this year (08) of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.