Judge approves early release for teen in ‘Slender Man’ stabbing

One of the two Wisconsin girls convicted in the 2014 “Slender Man” stabbing will be released early from a state mental hospital, a judge ruled on Thursday.

Anissa Weier, 19, filed a petition for conditional release in March, arguing that she’s no longer a threat to anyone after being institutionalized for the last three and a half years.

Weier was sentenced to 25 years at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute in 2017, after she pleaded guilty to being a party to the attempted murder of her sixth-grade classmate.

Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren on Thursday agreed to Weier’s petition, but did not allow her to go free immediately.

The judge gave state officials 60 days to draw up a conditional release plan and sent Weier back to the mental hospital pending another hearing on Sept. 10.

State Department of Health Services case managers will also be assigned to Weier to track her progress until she turns 37.

In May 2014, Weier and friend Morgan Geyser lured classmate Payton Leutner into the woods in a park of the Milwaukee suburb following a sleepover.

There, Geyser stabbed Leutner a total of 19 times while Weier egged her on, according to investigators.

Morgan Geyser leaves the court after she is sentenced to 40 years of institutional confinement at Winnebago Mental Health Facility.
Three years ago Morgan Geyser was sentenced to 40 years in a mental health facility.
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All three girls were 12 at the time.

Though she was left for dead, Leutner survived and managed to crawl out of the woods to a path where a passing bicyclist found her and helped her.

Geyser and Weier plotted the vicious attack for more than five months — later telling investigators “it was necessary” to please the fictional boogeyman Slender Man.

The girls said they thought attacking Leutner would make them Slender Man’s servants and keep him from killing their families.

In asking to be released, Weier argued that she had exhausted all her treatment options at Winnebago and needed to rejoin society. She vowed to never let herself “become a weapon again.”

In this Sept. 13, 2017 file photo, Anissa Weier, listens as former teachers testify during her trial in Waukesha County Court, in Waukesha, Wis. One of the two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate, Payton Leuter, in 2014 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, Dec. 21, 2017, is expected to send 16-year-old Weier to a facility for at least three years after she was previously found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
Weier (above) and Geyser were 12 years old at the time of the crime.
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Prosecutors countered that Weier was still immature and susceptible to dangerous influences, writing in court filings that there was no guarantee she wouldn’t attack someone again.

But Bohren found prosecutors had failed to prove that Weier remains a threat and found that nothing suggests she’ll hurt people again.

Geyser was sentenced in 2018 to 40 years in a mental health facility.

With Post wires

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