15-year-old sentenced to 40 years in mental unit for stabbing classmate in honour of fictional hero

One of two Wisconsin girls who attempted to murder a classmate to honour fictional horror character Slender Man has been sentenced to 40 years in a mental health unit.
Morgan Geyser, along with Anissa Weier, admitted luring 12-year-old Payton Leutner into woods around 20 miles from Milwaukee before stabbing her 19 times. 
The victim was found crawling out of the woods by a passing cyclist but she survived the attack.
Geyser stabbed the victim while Weier urged her on, according to investigators.
She and Weier said they carried out the attack to appease Slender Man, a fictional online horror character who they said they feared would otherwise harm them and their families. 
Slender Man is often described as having spidery limbs and a blank white face.
Judge Michael Bohren granted the maximum penalty that prosecutors had sought and discounted Geyser's youth at the time of the attack in 2014.
He had heard from four doctors who talked about how Geyser is making progress with her mental illness, to various degrees. 
But Judge Bohren called the teenager "a fragile person" whose long history suffering from delusions risk her hurting herself and others. 
Geyser's lawyers had argued that she suffered from schizophrenia and psychotic spectrum disorder, making her prone to delusions and paranoid beliefs. 
But at her sentencing on Thursday, doctors gave conflicting opinions about the type of institutional care she needs and the severity of her continued hallucinations. 
Prosecutors presented testimony from a doctor who said Geyser reported still hearing the voice of someone named "Maggie" as recently as September.
But three doctors called by the defence said she no longer shows psychotic symptoms and would benefit being in a residential facility where she can socialise with other teenagers. 
She is currently at a state mental facility with adults and doctors said she is the youngest patient there. 
Geyser, now 15, spoke briefly before she was sentenced, breaking down in tears as she apologised to the victim. 
"I just want to let Bella and her family know that I'm sorry," she said, using a nickname for Ms Leutner. "And I hope she's doing well." 
Weier was sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital in December. 
She pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but she claimed she wasn't responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill.
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