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Police Const. James Forcillo to be sentenced July 29

Last Updated May 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm EDT

A judge will decide the fate of Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo on July 29.

Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder in the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim back in 2013.

Forcillo’s defence team is seeking a sentence of house arrest, arguing that the mandatory minimum sentence for his offence wasn’t meant to apply to police officers.

The Crown is asking for him to be sentenced to eight to 10 years behind bars.

Prosecutor Iam Bulmer told court that a criminal attempt to extinguish the life of Sammy Yatim with a hail of hollow point bullets will not be tolerated in our free and democratic society.

Forcillo’s shooting of Yatim on an empty streetcar, which was captured on cellphone video that went viral, triggered public outrage and prompted the police chief to launch a review of officers’ use of force.

(To watch this video on mobile, click here)

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report