WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on sentencing of Slender Man defendant (all times local):
One of two Wisconsin girls who tried to kill a classmate to win favor with a fictional horror character named Slender Man has been sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital.
Anissa Weier (ah-NEE'-sah WY'-ur) pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but she claimed she wasn't responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill. In September, a jury agreed.
Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren on Thursday sentenced the 16-year-old Weier to be hospitalized for 25 years from the date of the crime, which would keep her institutionalized until age 37.
Weier apologized in brief comments in court and said she accepted responsibility.
She and Morgan Geyser (GY'-zer) lured Payton Leutner (LYT'-ner) into a wooded park near Milwaukee in 2014. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on. Leutner survived.
All three girls were 12 years old at the time.
One of the two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to gain the favor of a horror character named Slender Man will soon learn how long she will spend in a mental health facility.
A judge in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Thursday is expected to send 16-year-old Anissa Weier to a facility for at least three years after she was previously found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
Payton Leutner (LYT'-ner) survived 19 stab wounds in a Waukesha park in 2014. Leutner, Weier and the other girl charged in the stabbing, Morgan Geyser (GY'-zer), were 12 years old at the time. Geyser was also found not guilty by reason of mental disease and will be sentenced in February.