Apr 30, 2018

By Andy Johnson

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Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo will be in court today to learn the result of the appeal of his conviction in the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim.

Forcillo was convicted on one count of attempted murder and sentenced to six years in prison for shooting Yatim aboard an empty street car in July 2013.  Shortly after arriving at the scene, Forcillo fired an initial volley of three bullets, which caused Yatim to fall to the floor of the streetcar.  Forcillo then fired a second round of six more bullets.

Members of the jury found Forcillo not guilty of second-degree murder, in that they believed he was justified in firing the first three shots.  However, the concluded the second round of shots was not justified.

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