Cheap getaways on Finally, Brancato took the stand and admitted that while he was a junkie, he was no murderer. He was high on heroin and crack that night and unaware his friend was carrying a handgun. Brancato offered no explanation for the latex gloves recovered by police at the scene (compelling evidence of a planned burglary) although experts testified that both men's DNA was on them. On December 22, 2008, a formerly deadlocked jury cleared the one-time actor of the murder and weapons charges, but found him guilty of firstdegree attempted burglary.
Brancato was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison, but having already served more than 3 years since his arrest could be out in 5.
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Chazz Palminteri, the actorscreenwriter who first gave the inexperienced teen a shot at stardom in 1993 by casting him in A Bronx Tale, summed up the entertainment industry's prevailing sentiment regarding Brancato when he told a reporter, This kid had so much natural ability but did nothing with it. Nothing.
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