Girl relieved at verdict in Slender Man case

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Jurors will need to determine if the 15-year-old Weier was insane at the time she helped a friend stab a classmate in 2014, in allegiance to the fictional Slenderman character.

All three girls were 12 years old when the attack took place in a Wisconsin woods in May 2014.

"There's no walking away for Anissa, no loophole", McMahon said. Weier pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide due to mental illness as part of a plea agreement in August.

Both Weier and Geyer advised criminologists they believed they needed to execute Leutner to wind up noticeably Slender Man's "intermediaries", or hirelings, and shield their families from the otherworldly beast. Weier and Geyser were arrested later that day and said they were walking to meet Slender Man in a northern Wisconsin forest. A supplication understanding required her to put in no less than three years in a mental doctor's facility if judged rationally sick, and 10 years in jail if not.

Deputy District Attorney Ted Szczupakiewicz argued "it was never a kill-or-be-killed" scenario and that Weier followed through with the murder plot to avoid losing her friendship with Geyser.

If the 12 jurors found Weier was legally responsible, prosecutors were planning to recommend a sentence of 10 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision, according to the Journal Sentinel. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on, according to investigators. "Their unformed minds and their mental health disorders, it eliminated their ability to control their own behavior", Weier's attorney, Maura McMahon, said. But she said that if anyone could recover, it would be Weier.

Slender Man, a fictional creature of the internet, is a paranormal being who lurks near forests and absorbs, kills or carries off his victims.

Both girls have pleaded not guilty on grounds of mental illness. "This was a real being to this child and she needed to protect those around her".

Anissa Weier (l.) and Morgan Geyser are accused in the brutal Slender Man attack. The same number (though not same jurors) voted she was not criminally responsible for her actions.

"The potential release of an assailant that methodically planned and executed an attack in which our little girl was stabbed 19 times puts the community and our family at risk", the statement continued.

At least 10 of the 12 jurors must agree on a verdict.

Westendorf said she believes Weier suffered from a shared delusional disorder that left her unable to conform her conduct to the law when she and Morgan Geyser tried to kill their friend.

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