A pre-sentencing hearing began Friday for a 16-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to murdering a 54-year-old restaurant employee in Winnipeg.

Gerald Crayford was attacked and killed during a robbery at an East Kildonan Pizza Hotline in 2011.

The teen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Wednesday, and a pre-sentencing hearing took place on Friday morning.  It was adjourned to Jan. 25, and the sentencing date was set for April 15 and 16.

The Crown is seeking an adult sentence for the boy, which would mean life in prison with no chance of parole for at least seven years. If the boy is not sentenced as an adult, the maximum sentence he could receive for the murder is seven years.

Police said the teen has a history of violent offences.