Morgan Geyser Sentenced to 40 Years of State-Mandated Psychiatric Care for 'Slender Man' Stabbing
On Thursday, Morgan Geyser, 15, was sentenced to 40 years of state-mandated psychiatric supervision after pleading guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide as a part of a plea deal to avoid prison time in October. According to WBAY, Geyser will start her sentence at Winnebago Mental Health Institution, and will be eligible to switch to a less-restrictive care setting within six months depending on her progress.
In 2014, Geyser and her friend, Anissa Weier, both 12 at the time, attacked another 12-year-old girl. Geyser stabbed the girl while Weier encouraged it, according to investigators. Weier was sentenced to 25 years in a psychiatric hospital in December.
During the investigation, Geyser and Weier told police that they had to kill the girl in order to protect their families from Slender Man, a scary, fictional being created in 2009.
Though most people with a mental illness diagnosis, including schizophrenia, do not become violent, a lack of social support and treatment as well as substance abuse can increase someone with schizophrenia’s chances of becoming aggressive.
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