A teenaged boy convicted in the murder of Hannah Leflar has told a sentencing hearing he didn’t have an easy childhood, and that he was physically and verbally abused by his mother’s boyfriend.

The teen says he wasn’t adept at making friends, and when he did get a friend, like Skylar Prockner, he didn't want to lose them.

"Anyone who liked to be around me, I would do anything to be in their circle of friends,” the teen said at his sentencing hearing in Regina on Tuesday.

The teen continued to talk about his childhood and says his mother wasn't around much. He said when he was 16, he would work around 36 hours a week at Tom Horton's because he became the sole provider for his mother and brother. The teen rated his mother's parenting as a “three out of 10.”

The teen said he really valued his friendship with Prockner saying, “He was essentially my extended family. He was essentially my brother the whole time we were going to school together."

Leflar broke up with Prockner because he was too “clingy,” the teen said, adding that the split left Prockner heartbroken.

The teen said Prockner developed a plan to beat up Leflar's new boyfriend, and that the boyfriend was the main target, not Leflar.

A judge will decide whether the teen, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Leflar’s death last year, will be sentenced as an adult or a youth.

In July, the teen’s accomplice, Skylar Prockner, received an adult life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 years.

Prockner had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Leflar, who was found fatally stabbed in her Regina home in January 2015.

CTV Regina's Cally Stephanow is in court for the sentencing hearing: