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Court dismisses appeal of Toronto cop s attempted murder conviction

Court dismisses appeal of Toronto cop s attempted murder conviction
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TORONTO -- Ontario s top court has dismissed the appeal of a Toronto police officer who was convicted of attempted murder in the 2013 shooting death of a troubled teen.

Const. James Forcillo fired two separate volleys at Sammy Yatim, an 18-year-old who was wielding a small knife on an empty streetcar.

He was sentenced to six years behind bars, a year more than the mandatory minimum.

The officer contested the guilty verdict, asking the appeal court to substitute a not-guilty verdict or order a new trial.

Forcillo argued the trial judge improperly excluded evidence on Yatim s state of mind, and wrongly instructed the jury to consider the two volleys of gunfire as separate incidents.
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