Sammy Yatim’s killer displayed “genuine” remorse and accepted responsibility for shooting the knife-wielding teen, the Parole Board found in granting ex-cop James Forcillo day parole.
“At no time did you attempt to deflect your responsibility by suggesting the victim was at fault,” the parole board decision stated of Forcillo, who has spent 21 months in custody.
“You focussed on the errors you made regarding the decisions you took. You acknowledged you should have waited for a higher-ranking officer capable of using alternative methods and used your communication skills to de-escalate the situation,” the decision stated.
“You believed that you rushed your decision-making contrary to your training. You expressed remorse for your actions that resulted in the death of the victim and the loss felt by his family,” the decision added.
“In this Board’s view, this acknowledgement of responsibility and expression of remorse was genuine.”
Forcillo, 36, was acquitted of second-degree murder but convicted of attempted murder in 2016 for the July 2013 shooting of 18-year-old Yatim as he stood alone inside an empty downtown streetcar.
Forcillo was sentenced to six years for attempted murder plus almost six months for perjury when he was caught violating bail conditions by living in an apartment with his fiance, instead of at his ex-in-laws’ home.
Initially upon his arrival in custody, Forcillo’s attitude was “dismissive” with correctional staff, the decision stated.
But his attitude greatly improved as he sought employment as an offender caregiver “to gain more understanding and patience.”
Most recently, Forcillo worked as a “house representative and was voluntarily tutoring a student in his spare time,” the reported stated.
“His behaviour institutionally has been flawless.”
Forcillo has been assessed as a low risk to reoffend, and he expressed a desire to “move to a smaller community, far removed from your victims and the stressful pace of a larger city,” the report stated.
“You do not believe you will find anonymity in any location, but … plan to seek counselling to assist you.”
Forcillo has been accepted into the electrical engineering technician-industrial program at a local college and plans to be active in his children’s lives, the report stated.
Both Forcillo’s former wife and fiance support him.
“You will not present an undue risk to society if released and your release will contribute to the protection of society by (reintegrating you) …. as a law-abiding citizen,” the report concluded.