SOPRANOS actor Lillo Brancato Jr. has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a burglary that ended with the murder of an off-duty New York cop.
The 32-year-old was cleared of murdering Officer Daniel Enchautegui, but convicted of attempted burglary on 22 December (08).
On Friday (09Jan08), Brancato Jr. was handed a 10 year sentence. The three years he has spent behind bars since his arrest will count towards the sentence.
Brancato Jr. and his friend Steven Armento were charged with murder following the shooting that took place on 10 December 2005, when Enchautegui discovered them attempting to break into his neighbour's Bronx, New York house.
Armento fired the gun which killed the officer, and was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment at an earlier trial.
Brancato Jr. - who claimed he was attempting to enter the house of a friend who had given him drugs in the past - faced the same sentence, despite the fact he wasn't carrying a weapon.
After his conviction on a lesser charge, Brancato Jr.'s lawyer asked the judge to free his client and send him to rehab instead of prison.
But Bronx judge Justice Martin Marcus opted for a sentence closer to the maximum of 15 years.
Brancato Jr.'s murder acquittal outraged public officials, including city mayor Michael Bloomberg, who raged, "It's just beyond me how the jury could come to that conclusion."