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'Sopranos' actor Lillo Brancato Jr. may seek deal in cop-killing case

UPI News Service, 03/15/2006 

The attorney for "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato Jr. says his client wants to cooperate with New York prosecutors who have charged him with murder.

"He's not a murderer, and the conduct that he engaged in is a far cry from murder," Brancato's lawyer, Mel Sachs, told the New York Post after a brief hearing in Bronx Supreme Court Monday.

Sachs said his client had no idea his companion was armed the morning Police Officer Daniel Enchautegui was shot to death while investigating a burglary.

Steven Armento reportedly will reject an offer to plead guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a sentence of life behind bars, his attorney said. The attorney said his client could wind up with the same sentence if the case goes to trial and he loses.

Meanwhile, the Policeman's Benevolent Association has vowed to be sure Brancato, star of the 1993 film, "A Bronx Tale," does not profit if a film is made about his life, the White Plains (N.Y.) Journal reported Tuesday.

Brancato told New York magazine last month he thought his life would be film-worthy.

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