Morgan Geyser, one of 2 women on trial for stabbing a classmate at 2014 to appease literary personality Slender Man, must serve 40 years under state mental health oversight.
Geyser was sentenced Thursday after a daylong hearing including testimony from psychologists and social workers. Through tears Geyser functioned before the Legislation to express remorse and to the household of the sufferer.
The 15-year-old Geyser stabbed classmate Payton Leutner 19 times as buddy Anissa Weier encouraged her leaving her for dead in the woods of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Both women were 12 at the time. Leutner survived, but the murder was a offering a boogeyman that originated in an internet discussion in 2009, to Slender Man. A psychologist hired by Geyser’s lawyers had testified that she thought she would communicate with Slender Man. During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Dr. Kenneth Robbins said her mental state had improved because of medications, but admitted she still had auditory hallucinations.
Weier has been given the maximum sentence of 25 years at a mental hospital in December, after being found not guilty of attempted second-degree homicide in September on grounds of mental illness. Geyser also pleaded guilty having been diagnosed as schizophrenic.
Geyser will initially be under the supervision of a mental health facility but can petition for less restrictive care in a few months. She has the right to an appeal.