One of the two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate as a sacrifice to the fictitious character and internet meme Slenderman pleaded guilty on Monday to lesser charges.
In 2014, Anissa Weier (left) and Morgan Geyser, both 12 at the time, lured 12-year-old Payton Leutner into the woods after a sleepover. Then, they stabbed her 19 times to impress Slenderman.
Weier, now 15, entered a plea on Monday to one count of second-degree homicide as an accomplice with use of a deadly weapon. It’s a lesser charge than her initial attempted first-degree intentional homicide charge.
“I believed that if I didn’t go through with it, Slenderman would come and attack and kill myself, my friends and my family,” Weier said in court on Monday, according to the Associated Press. “Those I cared about the most.”
The girl claimed she told Geyser that she didn’t want to stab Leutner.
“I just wanted it over with, so I said, ‘Go do what you have to do,’ and Peyton was then hurt.”
She claimed that Geyser jumped on their classmate and stabbed her repeatedly. Leutner survived the brutal attack. She crawled out of the woods, where a bicyclist found her.
Weier faces a trial next month which will primarily be focused on her mental health, Yahoo reported. If she is found guilty, she could spend a decade in prison. But, if she is found not guilty, she will spend at three years in a psychiatric institution.
Geyser has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease.
[Photo: Waukesha Police Department]