Judge grants Anissa Weier's petition for conditional release in Slender Man case

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A judge on Thursday, July 1, granted Anissa Weier's petition for conditional release.

Weier is one of the teenagers convicted in the Slender Man stabbing in Waukesha.

Weier and Morgan Geyser stabbed 12-year-old Payton Leutner in 2014 reportedly to please the fictional character Slender Man.

"The court does not find that there is clear and convincing evidence that Anissa Weier poses a significant threat of bodily harm to herself or others or of serious property damage," Judge Michael Bohren told the court. "On that basis, then, I'll grant the petition for conditional release."

Weier was ordered to serve 25 years at a mental health institution in 2017. Now, at the age of 19, Weier successfully petitioned for conditional release which was granted after the judge said the teenager satisfied criteria regarding her mental state, behavior, plan for release and other factors.

As part of her conditional release, Weier will have supervision from corrections and mental health agents.

Weier's legal team laid out how the 19-year-old would plan to live with her father and work on higher education opportunities once out.

"She was happy," Weier's attorney, Maura McMahon, told reporters after the hearing.

McMahon said Weier has made a lot of progress during her time at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute but her client believes she can do more by returning to the community.

"She wants to make sure she continues improving and moving forward and getting more insight and getting to a great place of health," McMahon said.

Weier next appears in court on Sept. 10 when the judge will have to approve the conditional release plan which will include details on Weier's supervision and continued treatment.

Weier will remain at the Winnebago Mental Health Institution until that court date.

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