NEW YORK — A former “Sopranos” actor convicted for his real-life role in the slaying of an off-duty police officer during a botched break-in at a Bronx home was released from prison Tuesday and put on parole.
Lillo Brancato Jr. was freed after serving time for a 2008 burglary conviction. At the same trial, he was acquitted on a second-degree murder count that carried a possible sentence of 25 years to life.
Brancato was sentenced to 10 years in prison in January 2009. At the time, he had already served three years in jail while awaiting trial and was eligible for a conditional release in July 2014.
He earned an earlier release by taking college courses and meeting disciplinary standards, officials said. He was ordered to report to his parole officer in suburban Westchester County, where he will live and remain under supervision until the end of 2018, they added.