Constable James Forcillo will learn his fate today.
Justice Edward Then will announce the sentence for Toronto police officer convicted for the attempted murder of Sammy Yatim.
The 18-year-old was killed when Forcillo fired two separate volleys at the troubled teen back in July of 2013. At the time of the incident, Yatim was high on ecstasy, was armed with a small knife, and exposed his genitals to passengers on a TTC streetcar.
Forcillo maintains the never intended to kill Yatim, but felt the need to fire 9 shots at Yatim because he thought the teen was about to attack officers. The exchange between the two was captured on multiple TTC cameras and cellphone video.
The Crown has requested a sentence of 8 to 10 years in jail, arguing that Forcillo’s response in 2013 is “among the most egregious examples of unjustified violence by a police officer in Canada.”
The Defence – and Forcillo’s wife, Irinia – said that the officer doesn’t deserve time behind bars because he isn’t a risk to society. They’ve proposed a penalty of 2 years house arrest.
Is house arrest a satisfactory punishment in this case?