The Sopranos - The Sopranos Star Lillo Brancato Opens Up About Cop's Death
Former The Sopranos star Lillo Brancato has spoken out for the first time since his release from prison, where he served eight years for his part in a botched robbery that resulted in the death of an off-duty police officer.
Brancato was released from prison on New Year's Eve (31Dec14), but is only now speaking publicly about the incident that robbed him of his freedom.
Speaking to U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight in a taped interview that will air on Tv on Friday (07Mar14) and Monday (10Mar14), the actor shared his remorse for the death of Daniel Enchautegui, who tackled Brancato and associate Steven Armento after hearing them break into a neighbour's apartment.
Armento was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, while Brancato was sentenced to 10 years behind bars in 2009.
He tells Et, "I wish I could just take it back and I could bring police officer Daniel back to life. He was a hero, he was off-duty, lived next door, heard broken glass, came out and put his life on the line."
Brancato, who will be on parole until 2018, insists he learned a lot about himself behind bars and he's determined to turn his life around.
He added, "I thought about (my career) a lot and (it) reminds me of a saying someone once told me: 'It takes a second to get in trouble and a lifetime to get out of it', and I think about that every day because I did have many great opportunities... and (I) made the horrible choice to use and abuse drugs.
"The most important things to me right now: staying focused and giving back, and using that second chance at life."