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Wisconsin girl reaches plea deal in Slender Man case

  • FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, Morgan E. Geyser is escorted into a Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis. Geyser, one of two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man will plead guilty in a deal that calls for her to avoid prison time, attorneys announced Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Geyser will remain in a state mental hospital under an agreement announced in a court hearing two weeks before her trial was set to start. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool,File) Michael Sears

  • Morgan Geyser, one of two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man, enters a Waukesha County Court for a status hearing Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Waukesha, Wis. Geyser will plead guilty in a deal that calls for her to avoid prison time and instead receive treatment for mental illness, attorneys announced Friday. (Michael Sear/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool) Michael Sears

  • Morgan Geyser, left, one of two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man, sits in a Waukesha County Courtroom with attorney Donna Kuchler, for a status hearing Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Waukesha, Wis. Geyser will plead guilty in a deal that calls for her to avoid prison time and instead receive treatment for mental illness, attorneys announced Friday. (Michael Sear/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool) Michael Sears



Associated Press
Friday, September 29, 2017

The second of two Wisconsin girls charged with repeatedly stabbing a classmate to impress horror character Slender Man will plead guilty in a deal that will send her to a state mental hospital and bring an end a case that shocked people in part because the attackers were only 12.

The deal, announced in court Friday, means both girls will avoid prison time for the attack on Payton Leutner, who was also 12. Morgan Geyser, now 15, will be treated indefinitely at a mental hospital. Her co-defendant, Anissa Weier, faces at least three years in a mental hospital.

“It’s been a tragic experience for everyone,” Geyser’s attorney, Donna Kuchler, said after a brief court hearing Friday. “Our hearts go out to the victim and her family. And we’re very grateful that the district attorney’s office gave this case the considering it deserves.”