One of two girls who stabbed their classmate 19 times to please fictional character Slender Man has been handed 25 years in a mental hospital.
Anissa Weier, 16, along with co-defendant Morgan Geyser, 15, lured Payton Leutner into Milwaukee woodland and attacked her in 2014.
Weier pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but denied she was the one who carried out the stabbing.
Geyser is due to be sentenced in the coming days.
During her plea hearing earlier this year, she told the judge she stabbed Payton ‘everywhere’ before Anissa ‘told her to be quiet’ and they left her for dead.
Payton, who was 12 at the time, survived by crawling out of the woods and flagging down a passing cyclist.
Geyser pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide in a deal that will see her sent to a mental hospital to avoid jail.
‘It’s been a tragic experience for everyone,’ Geyser’s attorney, Donna Kuchler, said.
‘Our hearts go out to the victim and her family. And we’re very grateful that the district attorney’s office gave this case the considering it deserves.’
The chilling court transcript
Geyser: I stabbed her with the knife.
Judge: And what part of the body did you stab her?
Judge: Do you know how many times you did it?
Judge: What did, at a certain point you stop stabbing PL?
Geyser: Yes sir.
Judge: So what happened then?
Geyser: Anissa told her to lie down so she wouldn’t lose blood so quickly. And told her to be quiet. And we left.
Both Weier and Geyser told detectives they felt they had to kill Leutner to become Slender Man’s ‘proxies’, or servants, and protect their families from him.
Geyser had been scheduled to go on trial on October 16. The plea deal comes after a jury this month determined that Weier was mentally ill at the time of the attack on Leutner.
During a hearing in August, Weier said that she didn’t want to harm Leutner and that the stabbing plot was Geyser’s idea. She said she participated because she was afraid of what would happen if she didn’t.
‘I believed that if I didn’t go through with it, Slender Man would come and attack and kill myself, my friends and my family. Those I cared about the most,’ she said.
Slender Man started as an online post in 2009. He is typically depicted as a spidery figure in a black suit with a featureless white face. He was regarded by his devotees as alternately a sinister force and an avenging angel.
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