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Judge orders Geyser to serve maximum of 40 years of mental health treatment in Slender Man case

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WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- Morgan Geyser, one of the two girls convicted in the Slender Man stabbing is sentenced to 40 years of state supervised mental health treatment.

She will initially be in a mental institution but can petition for a less restrictive setting in as little as six months.

The sentence comes more than three years after she and Anissa Weier stabbed 12-year-old Payton Leutner 19 times in a Waukesha woods.

Geyser and Weier were found not guilty by reason of mental disease in the near-fatal stabbing.

Morgan has been institutionalized for schizophrenia and was hoping for release from a secure mental hospital.

"It's my opinion that release to a less restrictive environment at this point would constitute a substantial risk of bodily harm to herself, others or to property,"  said psychologist Dr. Brooke Lundblohm.

Geyser's attorney, Tony Cotton, argued, "She has a condition she didn't choose to have. It's a hereditary genetic condition that she's cursed with and I think she deserves a lot of credit because at a very young age she's done a lot to address it."

Not a single doctor who has examined Geyser felt it was time to let her go home.

The judge agreed, keeping Geyser confined at the Winnebago Mental Hospital, indefinitely.

Geyser apologized in court, "I just want to let Bella and her family know that I'm sorry. I never meant for this to happen and I hope that she's doing well."

Last month a judge ordered her Weier under a state mental commitment for 25 years, with credit for time served. 

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - Morgan Geyser, one of two girls convicted of stabbing a classmate in what became known as the Slender Man case, has been committed to 40 years of mental health treatment, a judge ordered today.

1:00 p.m.

Doctors who examined one of two Wisconsin girls who tried to kill a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man have provided conflicting opinions about the type of institutional care she needs.

Dr. Brooke Lundbohm says 15-year-old Morgan Geyser's mental health has improved, but that she should continue being treated at a state mental health facility. Lundbohm says Geyser is still a danger to herself and others, and has reported hearing voices as recently as September.

Two other doctors at Thursday's sentencing hearing in Waukesha County say Geyser no longer exhibits psychotic symptoms and recommend moving her to a less restrictive facility where she can be around others her age and possibly go out with supervision.

Prosecutors wanted Geyser to spend 40 years in a psychiatric hospital.

Geyser was 12 when she stabbed Payton Leutner.

12:05 a.m.

One of two Wisconsin girls who tried to kill a classmate to win favor with fictional horror character Slender Man is being sentenced for her role in the attack.

Prosecutors want 15-year-old Morgan Geyser to spend the maximum 40 years in a mental hospital for stabbing Payton Leutner in suburban Milwaukee in 2014. Geyser's attorneys will make their own case for what they believe is best for Geyser during a daylong hearing Thursday in Waukesha County.

Geyser and Anissa Weier lured Leutner into the woods at a park and attacked her. Leutner crawled out of the woods and got help from a passing bicyclist.

Geyser pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide in October to avoid prison. Weier was sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital in December.

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