Wisconsin teenager Morgan Geyser was committed to 40 years of mental health treatment and monitoring in the Slender Man stabbing case and for the foreseeable future will remain at a secure state hospital, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Judge Michael Bohren opted for the maximum commitment term after hearing from experts who suggested Geyser, 15, could receive more effective treatment for her schizophrenia somewhere other than the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, where she is housed solely with adult criminals. “We can’t forget what actually happened,” Bohren said. “It was a premeditated murder” that, but for serendipity, didn’t result in death. Geyser’s attorney suggested 25 years of monitoring until Geyser is 40 would be appropriate, given her stabilization and the full remission of mental illness symptoms.
Before the ruling, Geyser tearfully apologized to her victim, whose family was in court, and said she hoped the girl is doing well. Geyser was 12 when she and Anissa Weier were charged as adults in the sensational crime. They had plotted the murder of their friend and sixth-grade classmate Payton Leutner because they feared Slender Man, a fictional internet boogeyman, would kill them or their families if they didn’t carry out the crime. Leutner survived 19 stab wounds and was discovered by a passing bicyclist after she had crawled to the edge of woods at a park where the attack occurred. After unsuccessful efforts to have their cases transferred to juvenile court, both girls struck plea deals in which they were convicted but found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.