he "Slender Man" case gained notoriety in 2014 when two young teen girls lured their classmate, Payton Leutner, into the Wisconsin woods and stabbed her nineteen times. After several years of court proceedings, the case's final defendant was sentenced on Thursday to spend the next forty years in a mental institution.
A creepy case is finally closed.
It’s been almost four years since the stabbing of Payton Leutner, who was only 12 years old at the time of her near-fatal attack. Leutner was stabbed a total of nineteen times by her then classmates, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, who were also 12 years old at the time of the crime. The sentencing of the second offender in the bizarre case, Morgan Geyser, took place Thursday, bringing the now infamous case to a close.
The two teens claim they believed that they had no choice.
The Slender Man case surrounded an eerie internet character, “Slender Man,” who Weier and Geyser claim convinced them to stab their classmate in order to protect their families from meeting his ill-will.
Geyser, now 15, is said to have stabbed Leutner a total of nineteen times, nearly ending her life. Leutner was able to escape the Milwaukee woods by crawling to safety and seeking the help of a bicyclist who was passing by.
Geyser's psychiatric state plays a role in her final fate.
Morgan Geyser still claims to hear voices, particularly the voice of a girl named “Maggie,” and was diagnosed with early-onset schizophrenia in 2014. Because the judge agreed that Geyser is mentally unfit to stand trial, she was able to strike a deal with prosecutors, avoiding jail time in exchange for a guilty plea.
Geyser's defense claims she is no longer a threat to society.
Geyser’s defense team claimed in court Thursday that, while the teen is still mentally ill, she no longer experiences psychotic symptoms, and therefore, she is no longer a threat to society. The Associated Press reports that the attornies requested Geyser be allowed supervised outings and had two doctors testify to her stable condition.
Weier will also spend decades institutionalized.