Wisconsin student in ‘Slender Man’ case sentenced to 25 years in mental hospital
WISCONSIN, December 21, 2017 — Anissa Weier was just sentenced to 25 years in a mental care facility for stabbing a classmate in 2014. Weier pleaded guilty in August to attempted second-degree intentional homicide. She claimed it was an attempt to please the fictional horror character ‘Slender Man.’ During a trial to determine Weier’s mental state, 10 out of 12 jurors in September found Weier not criminally responsible because she was mentally ill at the time of the attack.
Weier will be institutionalized until she is age 37 and if released will be under the care of state supervision. Weier along with fellow classmate Morgan Geyser, lured classmate Payton Leutner into a wooded park in Waukesha in 2014. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times, missing all the vital organs. Leutner managed to crawl out of the woods and was discovered by a bicyclist.
At the time of the attack, all three of the girls were 12 years old. Leutner’s mother sent the judge a letter saying the 2014 attack “has defined our lives,” and that Leutner still fears for her life. “She will struggle with the events of that day and physical and emotional scars it left for the rest of her life.”
Weier issued an apology before receiving her sentencing, saying: “I do hold myself accountable for this and that I will do whatever I have to do to make sure I don’t get any sort of delusion or whatever again,” “I want everybody involved to know I deeply regret everything that happened that day. I know that nothing I say is going to make this right and nothing I say is going to fix what I broke.” Judge Bohren granted Weier credit for the 1,300 days she’s been in custody.
Geyser also pleaded guilty in August to attempted second-degree homicide, due to mental illness or defect as part of a plea agreement, accepting commitment to institutional care. The plea agreement called for Geyser to enter the plea, and then for Judge Bohren to find her not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, meaning she would ultimately not be held criminally responsible for the attack. Doctors have not yet recommended how long she should be committed.
The Slender Man origin started with an online post in 2009, about a mysterious ghost, whose image people edit into scenes of children at play. People have depicted him as a spidery figure in a black suit with a featureless white face.