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CanadaSupreme Court to deliver ruling on leave to appeal for Toronto cop convicted in death of Sammy Yatim

16:55  04 december  2018
16:55  04 december  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the shooting death of a troubled teen on an empty streetcar is seeking leave to bring his case before Canada’s top court . Story continues below. Const.

A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the shooting death of a troubled teen on an empty streetcar is seeking leave to bring his case James Forcillo’s appeal in shooting death of Sammy Yatim . They are also contesting Forcillo’s initial six-year sentence, which was a year longer

Supreme Court to deliver ruling on leave to appeal for Toronto cop convicted in death of Sammy Yatim© Chris Young / The Canadian Press Const. James Forcillo leaves court in Toronto on Monday, May 16 , 2016.

The Supreme Court of Canada will release its judgment Thursday on leave to appeal for a Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the shooting death of a teen on an empty streetcar.

Const. James Forcillo fired two separate volleys at 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, who was standing alone and holding a small knife, in an incident on the morning of July 27, 2013 that ignited public outrage after a bystander’s video came to light.

In 2016, a jury acquitted Forcillo of the more serious charge of second-degree murder related to the first volley of shots — which killed the teen — but found him guilty of attempted murder related to the second hail of bullets, fired seconds later while Yatim was lying on his back.

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The death of Sammy Yatim occurred early in the morning of July 27, 2013, in Toronto , Ontario, Canada. Yatim , an 18-year-old Toronto male armed with a switchblade knife, was shot at nine times

A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the shooting death of a troubled teen on an empty streetcar is seeking leave to bring his case before Canada's top court .

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Lawyers for Forcillo challenged the ruling, but Ontario’s top court dismissed the appeal in April.

In upholding Forcillo’s conviction and sentence, Ontario’s Court of Appeal found Forcillo’s second round of shots was “clearly unnecessary and excessive.”

His legal team is seeking to challenge the appeal court decision, arguing that the first and second volleys were “artificially” divided into two separate events, leading to the separate charges.

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They are also contesting Forcillo’s initial six-year sentence, which was a year longer than the mandatory minimum.

Forcillo recently had six months added to his sentence after pleading guilty to perjury.

He had also been charged with breaching the conditions of his bail while awaiting the Ontario Court of Appeal decision, along with obstruction of justice, but those charges were dropped after he entered the guilty plea.

VIDEO: Appeal dismissed in conviction of Const. James Forcillo in Sammy Yatim case

—With files from the Canadian Press

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