The prosecutors were not so convinced.
However, prosecutors argued to the court that Geyser’s tendency to hear voices is evidence of her current mental instability, and noted that she had reported hearing voices as recently as September of 2017. A doctor for the prosecution testified in agreeance, claiming that Geyser is still very much a dangerous person.
Geyser offers an apology to her victim in court.
Geyser made a statement in court in which she apologized to Payton Leutner, who was not present nor were her family members. Buzzfeed reports that Morgan Geyser emotionally told the court, “I just want to let Bella and her family know that I’m sorry.”
Weier also apologized during her sentencing hearing and told the judge that she holds herself accountable and will do everything in her power to battle any future delusions that she may experience.
Buzzfeed reports that Weier stated:
I want everybody involved to know I deeply regret everything that happened that day. I know that nothing I say is going to make this right and nothing I say is going to fix what I broke.
Payton Leutner may have survived but she is forever traumatized.
While Payton and her family did not attend the sentencing of Geyser, a spokesperson for the family read a statement on their behalf. The letter, written by Payton’s mother, stated that “the horrific premeditated attempted murder will stay with [her] forever, and stay with the family forever.”
Prosecutors said in court that “Payton is looking at a lifetime of scars, physical scars, and psychological scarring.”
Ultimately judge agrees with maximum sentence for Geyser.
The Associated Press reports that the Judge ultimately sided with Prosecutors, stating, “What we can’t forget is this was an attempted murder.” He also cited Geyser’s institutionalization as a matter of “community protection” as he believes that she remains a danger to both herself and society.
Ultimately Geyser was sentenced to forty years in a mental institution. While Payton Leutner remains traumatized by the 2014 stabbing, her attackers will spend the next few decades institutionalized.
The gavel has swung, but Geyser will seek early release.
“She can petition to get out every six months and I presume we’ll do that,” said Geyser’s defense attorney following her sentencing.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Geyser may still seek release under specific conditions in the future, although she would have to acquire the approval of both the judge and staff at her treatment facility.