Judge points to video evidence in Forcillo case

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TORONTO – A judge is calling a cellphone video “powerful evidence” that a Toronto police officer’s version of events about the shooting death of a troubled teen was inaccurate.

Justice Edward Then is dissecting the evidence that came to light at the trial of Const. James Forcillo, who was convicted of attempted murder in the 2013 death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim on a city streetcar.

The police officer was acquitted in January of second-degree murder, but found guilty of attempted murder for continuing to fire after the dying teen had fallen to the floor.

Then rejected the defence’s assertion that Forcillo should not be subjected to the mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison for the attempted murder conviction.

But he’s yet to hand down his actual sentence.

The Crown has asked for the officer to spend eight to 10 years behind bars, while Forcillo’s lawyers had argued for house arrest instead of a prison sentence.

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