Slender Man stabbing victim continues to recover from the attack
Mother of Payton Leutner write a victim impact letter to the judge as one of the two girls responsible for the attack is set to learn how long they will spend in a psychiatric hospital.
One of the two Wisconsin girls who tried to kill a classmate in 2014 in an attempt to make the fictional horror character “Slender Man” is condemned.
Anissa Weier, 16, was Thursday sentenced to 25 years in a psychiatric facility — the maximum penalty possible.
She pleaded guilty in August to the fact that a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but claimed that she was not responsible for her actions, because she was mentally ill. A jury agreed with her a month later.
Anissa Weier, 16, was Thursday sentenced to 25 years in a psychiatric hospital for her role in the stabbing of Payton Leutner in 2014.
(Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)
Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren convicted Weier to 25 years in a mental institution, with retroactive effect to the date of the crime — meaning that they would be institutionalized until the age of 37.
Weier along with Morgan Geyser, lured a classmate Payton Leutner in a wooded park in Waukesha in 2014. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier encouraged her, investigators said.
Leutner crawled out of the woods and a bicyclist found her. All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the attack.
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Leutner’s mother sent the judge a letter this week detailing that the 2014 attack “has defined our lives,” and that Leutner still fears for her life.
“They will struggle with the events of that day and the physical and emotional scars left for the rest of her life,” Leutner’s mother wrote.
Payton Leutner’s mother wrote in a letter to the judge in Weier trial that her daughter “will struggle with the events of that day and the physical and emotional scars left for the rest of her life.”
Both Weier and Geyser told authorities they felt that they had to kill Leutner to be Slender Man’s “proxy” or one of the servants, and their family to protect him.
Weier apologized for her sentencing, telling the court: “I hold myself responsible for this and for that I will do what I need to do to ensure that I do not have a kind of illusion, or what have you again.”
“I want everyone to know that 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,” Weier said.
Weier’s lawyer argued her client should not be included in the hospital past her 25th birthday. They played a video in court in which her father claimed Weier has “grown up mentally and physically” and added that “she knows what she did wrong.”
Morgan Geyser (pictured), pleaded guilty to first-degree intentional murder with the agreement that they are not criminally responsible and must not go to prison for her role in Leutner’s stabbing.
(Michael Sear/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)
Geyser, the girl that I the cross, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree intentional murder with the agreement that they are not criminally responsible and must not go to prison. They will be sentenced in February, and prosecutors have asked that they at least 40 years in a psychiatric hospital.
“Slender Man” started with an online post in 2009, when a mysterious ghost, whose image the people living in everyday scenes of children at play. He is usually depicted as a pale figure in a black suit with a featureless white face. He was seen by his devotees as alternately a dark force and an avenging angel.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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