Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo’s Appeal Begins

Today, Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo’s appeal begins, a process that will include a hearing to discuss new evidence that Forcillo’s lawyers argue could undermine testimony from his trial, CBC reports.

On July 28, 2016, Justice Then sentenced Constable James Forcillo to six years in prison for the attempted murder of Sammy Yatim. Falconers LLP represents Sammy Yatim’s mother and sister in their civil lawsuit against Toronto Police and Constable Forcillo.

On January 25, 2016, Forcillo was found guilty, by a jury, of attempted murder in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim on a Toronto streetcar.  Though Constable Forcillo was charged with both second degree murder and attempted murder, the jury was not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that he was guilty of murder, and instead convicted on the lesser charge of attempted murder.

The mandatory minimum sentence for attempted murder, with a restricted or prohibited firearm, is imprisonment for a term of five years.

Constable Forcillo was granted bail on July 29, 2016.

In the News

Appeal trial for Toronto cop convicted in Yatim death begins Monday 680News, October 2, 2017

Const. James Forcillo’s appeal begins in Toronto    CP24, October 2, 2017

Toronto police Const. James Forcillo’s appeal set to begin, new evidence may be coming    CBC, October 2, 2017

 

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