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Girl, 15, sentenced to 40 years in mental hospital

A teenage girl will spend 40 years in a mental hospital after stabbing a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man.

Morgan Geyser, 15, has been sentenced to the maximum term in a mental health facility after a judge ruled she still poses a risk to herself and others.

At her sentencing, Geyser broke down in tears and said: “I just want to let Bella [the victim’s nickname] and her family know that I’m sorry.”

Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their classmate Payton Leutner into a park in Milwaukee and stabbed her 19 times.

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Geyser broke down in tears at her sentencing

All three girls were 12 at the time. Payton survived the attack, crawling out of the park and getting help from a cyclist.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Bohran said: “What we can’t forget is that this was attempted murder.”

Geyser had pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted intentional homocide in October last year to avoid jail.

Experts had given different assessments of Geyser’s current mental health, with one suggesting she should still be treated in a mental health facility, while others suggested she was not exhibiting psychotic symptoms anymore.

Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier
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Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their classmate into a park

One doctor said Geyser had been hearing voices from a person called Maggie as recently as September.

Two doctors suggested she could move to a less restrictive facility with more patients her own age.

Weier was sentenced to 25 years in a mental health hospital in December last year.

She had pleaded guilty to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homocide, but claimed she wasn’t responsible because she is mentally ill.

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