Ex-Toronto cop granted day parole after less than 2 years behind bars for killing teen

The family of a teenager shot to death by Const. James Forcillo say were stunned after the Toronto police officer was granted day parole less than two years into his sentence.

Forcillo was convicted of attempted murder in 2016 in the killing of Sammy Yatim, which took place in 2013 on a Toronto streetcar. He has served 21 months in prison, a term that began in November 2017 after a lengthy appeal process.

Yatim, 18, was wielding a knife before Forcillo fatally shot him.

Forcillo fired two volleys of shots at Yatim, the second of which hit Yatim while he was lying on the floor of the streetcar and dying.

A judge handed Forcillo a six-year sentence following the unusual verdict by the jury, which also found Forcillo not guilty of second-degree murder.


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