Beware, the Slender Man.
Maximum penalty of 40 years commitment was handed down as sentencing in the case of a 15- year old girl who stabbed a classmate nineteen times in a wooded area in Wisconsin, while her accomplice got 25 years for abetting in the crime.
Judge Michael Bohren ordered on Thursday for Morgan Geyser, 15, to be committed to a mental institution and explained his decision was “an issue of community protection.”
This was the maximum penalty that prosecutors sought as Geyser was only 12 at the time of the stabbing.
Geyser, along with Anissa Weier, admitted that they lured Payton Leutner into some woods near a park back in 2014, and Geyser stabbed the girl while Weier urged her on.
They left Leutner for dead but she managed to drag herself out of the woods and passing cyclists assisted her.
Weier was sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital in December.
Geyser and Weier said they committed the attack on Leutner as a sacrifice to appease the online fictional horror character Slender Man, who is depicted as a long-limbed figure with a blank, white face and preys on children.
They believed sacrificing Leutner would appease him and not bring harm to their families.
Doctors involved in the case talked about how Geyser was making progress with her mental illness, to certain degrees.
But Bohren said in his decision said Geyser was “a fragile person” whose long history suffering from delusions made her a risk to hurt herself and others.
“What we can’t forget is this was an attempted murder,” Bohren said.
While doctors said she was making progress with her mental illness, they gave conflicting opinions regarding type of institutional care she need, as prosecutors presented testimony that Geyser was still hearing voices from someone she named ‘Maggie’ as recently as late September last year.
Her attorneys argued for her to be moved to a ‘less restrictive’ facility with others her age, as well as have possibility of being able to go on supervised outings when she feels well.
She’s currently at a state mental facility with adults and doctors said she is the youngest patient there.
“I believe at the present time she is no more dangerous than any adolescent her age,” said Dr. Kenneth Robbins, one of the three doctors presented by the defense.
Geyser pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide in October in a deal with prosecutors to avoid imprisonment, and she may seek conditional release before the 40 years are up.
Geyser, after handed the sentence, broke down as she apologized to Leutner.
“I just want to let Bella and her family know that I’m sorry,” she said, using a nickname for Leutner. “And I hope she’s doing well.”
Dr. Brooke Lundbohm, one of the doctors presented by the prosecution, acknowledged that Geyser has made significant progress over the last three years, but said she emphatically believes she is still a danger to herself and others.