Brancato, now 36, and Armento, 51 , were drinking together at a strip club in December 2005 before deciding to break into the basement apartment in a hunt for Valium, prosecutors said during the 2008 trial. He claimed that he had known the owner, a Vietnam veteran, for several years.(a=f);var b=i(a);if(CSS&&! He also said he had permission to go inside and take painkillers and other pills whenever he felt like it, and didn't know the man had died earlier that year. New role: Lillo Brancato (pictured second right with, from left, actor Joe D'Onofrio, actor and producer William De Meo and director Paul Borghese) has landed a role in 'Back in the Day' about a fighter from Brooklyn In December 2005, Brancato tried to break into an apartment with Steven Armento, a low-level mobster and the father of his girlfriend, to steal Valium but NYPD officer Daniel Enchautegui heard glass break as they entered the building and confronted them.