One of the two Wisconsin teens responsible for the “Slenderman” stabbing has been ordered to spend the next 25 years in a state mental hospital, a judge decided on Thursday.
CNN reported that Anissa Weier, 16, will have to spend at least three years inside Winnebago Mental Health Institute before there is any chance of her being discharged. Then, after that, it is possible for her to be released into outpatient care. Weier’s lawyer, Maura McMahon, is hoping for that future.
"If she is continuing on doing well, taking any medication that is required, meeting with her therapist [...] I'm hoping going to college, getting a job, all the wonderful things that she wants to do, she'll remain out of custody but being supervised by her agent," she said.
The teenager took a plea deal earlier this year, pleading guilty attempted second-degree homicide due to mental illness.
In 2014, Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12 at the time, lured their 12-year-old classmate Payton Leutner into the woods after a sleepover. Then, they stabbed her 19 times as a sacrifice to the fictitious character and internet meme Slenderman. Leutner survived the attack.
“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 back in August, according to The Associated Press. “Those I cared about the most.”
Last week, Weier apologized for the stabbing.
"I want everyone to know I deeply regret everything that happened that day," she said, according to CNN. "I know that nothing I say is going to make this right and nothing I say is going to fix what is broke. I am never going to let this happen again."
Geyser pleaded guilty in October to attempted first-degree murder, and she will not face jail time as part of that plea deal, under Wisconsin law. Instead, like Weier, she will be committed to a mental health facility. Doctors are still determining for how long to recommend to a judge.
The mother of the victim wrote a letter to the judge, which was read in court on Thursday.
"While [my daughter] believes a mental health facility is the best place for Morgan and Anissa she still fears for her safety," the mother stated, adding that Leutner slept with scissors under her pillow for months after she was attacked. "She still sleeps with her windows closed, locked, and with the security latches engaged. She still refuses to open her curtains. [...] I know she will not feel safe if either Morgan or Anissa are released back into the community unsupervised."
[Photos: Waukesha Police Department]