Psychologist says 2nd teen involved in Hannah Leflar case was easily influenced

The second teen involved in the murder of 16-year-old Hannah Leflar was "very malleable" and showed remorse, says a psychologist.

Crown wants teen sentenced as adult; defence argues he wasn't part of plan

Hannah Leflar was 16 when she was stabbed to death by Skylar Prockner. Now, the judge will determine how much involvement Prockner's friend had in the murder. (CBC)

The second teen involved in the murder of 16-year-old Hannah Leflar was "very malleable" and showed remorse, says a psychologist.

The teen pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder in the death of the Regina high school student. His sentencing hearing continued Tuesday.

He was 16 at the time of the murder, which took place in Regina on Jan. 12, 2015. Because of his age, he cannot be named.

His friend Skylar Prockner, 19, was convicted of first-degree murder in July and was sentenced as an adult to life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 10 years.

The Crown is seeking to sentence the second teen as an adult as well.

Psychologist sees remorse

Dr. Danielle DeSorcy compiled a report on the teen, part of which she shared with the court during her testimony.

DeSorcy met with the teen three times in March for a total of 12 hours as part of a court-ordered psychological assessment.

When retelling the murder to the psychologist, she said the teen was flat and showed no emotion or tears. He told her he felt partly responsible for Leflar's death and, in her opinion, he showed remorse.

During the three meetings, the teen didn't give DeSorcy much of an explanation as to why he didn't intervene and instead helped Prockner.
The two people who pleaded guilty in the Hannah Leflar murder case are escorted from the courthouse on Monday. Skylar Prockner (left, in orange shirt) testified in the sentencing hearing of the person in the blue shirt and hoodie (third from left). That person's identity cannot be disclosed. (CBC)

"My morals weren't there that day," he reportedly told the doctor.

DeSorcy called him "very malleable," and said he has a desire to please others. She described him as submissive.

He also told DeSorcy he thought Prockner would turn on him if he didn't help, but didn't elaborate on that fear.

In court, the Crown read a text message the teen sent to his brother the day after the murder. DeSorcy said he sounded proud and excited, serving as evidence of a "pro-criminal attitude."

In contrast, the teen also sent a message to a friend sounding upset about Leflar's death and lamenting being questioned by police.

"My friend is dead," he wrote. 

Teen battling depression

DeSorcy said she found him to be in a low place mentally. At the time of their meetings, he was being treated for both ADHD and depression, the second which sprung up after the murder.

Through their meetings, DeSorcy found out that the teen's parents were not a consistent part of his life. He told her he had to support himself and his brother by the age of 14. He lived with his grandparents for a time.

DeSorcy said the teen was abused as a child at the hands of one person.

Until the murder, the teen did not have a criminal history.

He reportedly did well in school, for the most part, and liked to play video games in his free time.

Prockner says he devised plan alone

On Monday, Prockner admitted to devising the plan to stab Leflar to death without help from his friend, who he said didn't know what was going on until shortly before.

The agreed statement of facts concludes that the second teen lured Leflar and provided Prockner with a knife.

Crown prosecutor Chris White said if the teen gets an adult sentence for second-degree murder, he will face seven years in jail with no parole. As well, his name and face will become public.

If he gets a youth sentence, his identity will remain protected.

The hearing is being held at the Queen's Bench in Regina and is set to run all week.