New York Daily News

Dec. 13, 2011


Story in the Daily News and Pat Lynch's quick and harsh response in a letter to the editor.


Lillo Brancato, Former ‘Sopranos’ actor, in prison for burglary, gets temporarily shut down by Facebook

Lillo Brancato can’t get a break when it comes to social media. In July, we reported that former “Sopranos” actor, who’s serving a 10-year sentence for burglary at the Oneida Correctional Facility, could not get his Twitter account verified. More recently, Brancato’s Facebook page was temporarily shut down by the social network.

Brancato’s longtime friend, NYC club owner Noel Ashman, tells us his assistant, Nicole Schultz, who manages the actor’s social media accounts, logged in one day to learn that Facebook had shut down the page because it couldn’t verify that it belonged to him. “They finally put it back up on Friday,” Ashman says, but only after requiring Brancato’s mother to “send his driver’s license, and then his passport” to the company as verification. “He gets thousands and thousands of messages on Facebook, so I try to help him out,” Ashman says.

Brancato, whose prison time stems from a 2009 robbery that left off-duty cop Daniel Enchautegui dead, recently requested that Ashman's assistant post the following statement on his Twitter account and Facebook page: “dec10 marks the 6th anniversary of that tragic nite in dec 05 when Daniel enchautegui was killed My heart & prayers go out 2 his family.”

A spokesman for Facebook did not respond to our request for comment.

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December 14, 2011

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RE:  Lillo Brancato Facebook page gets shut down (Dec. 13, 2011)

To the Editor:

Are we to have sympathy for a cop killer like Lillo Brancato because he lost his Facebook page?   The creep and his pal killed a New York City police officer, Daniel Enchautegui, who was protecting his neighborhood from thieves.  Any sympathy should be for Daniel’s family and friends.  Furthermore, it is an outrage to allow thugs of this kind to use social media in a transparent attempt to rehabilitate their image for future parole purposes. That Brancato did so on the 6th anniversary of Daniel’s murder while we were arraigning the cold-blooded killers of another hero officer, Peter Figoski,  demonstrates that the only one Lilo Brancato cares about is himself.  We won’t be fooled by Facebook posts.


Patrick J. Lynch