A Wisconsin judge on Thursday ordered the release of a woman convicted of stabbing her classmate to please the character of Slender Man in 2014.
Nineteen-year-old Anissa Weier asked Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren this year to release her at the Winnebago Institute of Mental Health, arguing she was no longer a threat to anyone.
Bohren agreed during a hearing Thursday, though he will not be released immediately. Bohren ordered the state to prepare a release plan. He gave state officials 60 days. Meanwhile, Weier is returning to the mental health facility. A hearing is set for Sept. 10.
Weier and his friend Morgan Geyser lured classmate Payton Leutner to a Waukesha park in May 2014 after a sleepover. Geyser stabbed Leutner several times as Weier encouraged Geyser to inflict injuries. All three girls were 12 at the time.
Leutner barely survived his injury. Weier and Geyser told investigators that they stabbed him because they thought Slender Man was real and attacking Leutner would make them his servants and keep him from killing their families.
Bohren sentenced Weier in December 2017 to 25 years in Winnebago. Geyser will serve a maximum 40-year sentence in a mental health center.
Weier petitioned Bohren for parole in March, saying he had exhausted all his options for treatment at Winnebago and needed to join the society. Prosecutors have found that Weier remains dangerous and will have a difficult time making friends outside the institution, which could lead him to associate with people with mental health issues.
Weier’s attorney, Maura McMahon, did not immediately return messages Thursday afternoon.