Death of Sammy Yatim

On January 25, 2016, the jury found Forcillo not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter, but guilty of attempted murder. The jury accepted the defence’s argument that Forcillo was justified in firing the first three shots, but found him not justified in the second round of shots, thus guilty of attempted murder. The verdict meant Forcillo faces a four-year minimum sentence.

Forcillo challenged the minimum sentence law and his conviction, in arguments heard in May 2016. After the defence was granted a postponement to prepare on May 16, the legal challenge began May 18, expected to last two or three days, followed by the sentencing hearing over another two. The defence sought house arrest, and the Crown sought eight to ten years in prison.

At the conclusion of the hearing on May 26, judge Ed Then said he will announce Forcillo’s sentence on July 29.

On July 28, 2016, Forcillo was sentenced to six years in prison. The TPS also suspended him without pay. After one night in jail, he was bailed pending an appeal of the court’s decision. His lawyers were ordered to provide the court with an update on this process by November 9.