Well isn’t that the sweetest thing you’ve ever heard. What a nice boy. Lilo Brancato Jr., who appeared in A Bronx Tale with Robert DeNiro, was charged with murder and other counts for his participation in the December 10 shooting of off-duty police officer Daniel Enchautegui. Mr. Brancato Jr. claims that he did not realize that his accomplice in the attempted robbery (they broke into an apartment to steal prescription drugs) was carrying a gun. How convenient.
He told the New York Post in an interview published Thursday that he wept while reading a newspaper account of Enchautegui’s funeral.
“When I saw the picture of his father, it brought tears to my eyes because he looked like one of those old-fashioned men kind of like my father,” Brancato said. “I also thought that could have been my father going to my funeral.”
Brancato, who acknowledges problems with drugs and alcohol, said he was unaware Armento was carrying a weapon when they left a strip club to break into the apartment and steal prescription drugs. Authorities identified Armento, 48, as the gunman in the slaying. “If I would have known, I wouldn’t have allowed him in my car,” Brancato said. “Imagine, we get pulled over and I get caught with an armed felon in my car. Since I’ve been in the movies, it would have instantly drawn attention.”
Brancato said he might take the witness stand at trial to tell the jury “how horrible I feel about my stupidity.” “If I had the chance, I would want to meet his family and look them in the face and tell then how sorry I feel about what happened,” he said.
What a pathetic little individual. Well, you certainly have now drawn attention to yourself. Congratulations, you’re a star!
Report: ‘Bronx Tale’ Actor Says He’s Sorry [ABC News]