One of the teens who killed Hannah Leflar is a liar, according to Crown lawyer Chris White on the final day of the teen’s sentencing hearing.
The long, drawn-out judicial process is finally coming to an end for Leflar’s family.
The Crown is seeking an adult sentence, saying it is needed to balance risk, public safety and rehabilitation.
“This teen lied about everything and came clean only when confronted,” White argued. “The teen admitted he looked forward to murder.”
“What is the teen prepared to do to ensure he doesn’t get the same fate as Skylar Prockner?” White asked.
Prockner pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and sentenced as an adult in July 2017.
White ended by saying he struggles to understand the why of this murder. Hannah was the teen’s friend. He said he bore her no ill-will, she did not break his heart and he was welcomed into her home by her parents.
“He betrayed Hannah in the worst way possible,” White said.
Defence lawyer Greg Wilson stressed the teen sending text messages comparing the murder to a violent video game the day after, was not the behaviour a mature adult, but someone showing “shortsightedness, immaturity and inappropriateness.”
Wilson claimed the teen made “bad choices” but was “remorseful.” He added the teen’s involvement in the murder was not someone with “moral sophistication” but a “brash 16-year-old.”
Wilson wants an Intensive Rehabilitative Custody Supervision (IRCS) order within a youth sentence. With a credit of 14 months on remand and the standard youth sentence of seven years, Wilson says that would be a total of nine years, three in the community. He pointed out that would be longer than an adult sentence for manslaughter.
Justice Leann Schwann has three options to consider, an adult sentence, a youth sentence or an IRCS order. A youth sentence for second-degree murder is seven years: four in custody and three in the community.
The judge has discretion whether to apply time served on remand and reduce that seven years or ignore it all together.
An IRCS sentence would allow for the teen to remain in the youth facility or in the provincial correctional system.
An adult sentence would mean the teen would transfer immediately to a federal penitentiary and life with no chance of parole for seven years.
The teen has been in youth custody for nearly three years. The decision comes down Nov. 7.
Hannah Leflar’s was stabbed to death in her north Regina home in January 2015.