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Brancato punished for prison bust-up

The former Sopranos star was sentenced to 10 years in January last year (10) for his role in a burglary that ended with the murder of an off-duty New York cop.

But Brancato Jr.’s time behind bars has become even harder to serve – he’s only allowed out of his cell for one hour a day and has lost his phone privileges.

The punishment was handed down after the A Bronx Tale actor repeatedly punched another inmate during a bust-up in a communal area at Oneida Correctional Facility in New York, according to the New York Post.

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The alleged victim, convicted thief Alvaro Hernandez, tells the publication, “He thinks he runs the place, like he’s God’s gift to this earth. He tells me, ‘Hang up the phone, I gotta use the phone!’ He forces open the door and spits at me, and he’s punching me in the face and on the head.”

After a probe by prison officials, Brancato was ordered to spend 23 hours a day in his cell and lose his right to use a phone. The punishment will last for one month.

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