WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - 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.
Before her sentencing, Anissa Weier told the court, "I want everyone involved to know that I deeply regret everything that happened that day. I do hold myself accountable. Nothing I say is going to fix what I broke.”
Weier 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.
Prosecutors requested the maximum mental health supervision, and the judge 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. She could request release from the hospital beginning in 2020, according to our sister station WISN.
"It gives the community assurances of safety and protection. It gives Miss Weier the opportunity, I think, to proceed to become a functioning member of the community," Judge Bohren said.
Weier and Morgan Geyser lured Payton Leutner 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.
Geyser will be sentenced in February.
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