Slender Man Case: What's next for Anissa Weier
A jury made that decision late Friday night, after deliberating for more than 12 hours.
It means Anissa Weier will avoid prison, and instead be sent to a mental health institute.
"It’s hard to say when you’re talking about the commitment of a very young child that you’re happy, but of the options that were there, this is truly the best one," says Weier's Attorney Maura McMahon.
McMahon says Weier will likely be heading to the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, where she'll be required to spend at least 3 years.
"She's agreed that no matter what those doctors are saying, she's not going to ask the court to let her out for at least 3 years."
A judge could decide to commit Weier to the institute for up to 25 years. In the next ten days, doctors will evaluate the 15-year-old before the judge makes that decision.
McMahon says doctors will focus on Weier's "shared delusional disorder". Psychologists say that mental condition led her to believe Slender Man was real.
“She’ll be working on dealing with her reality orientation, the anxiety she suffers from, all sorts of other different issues as well as learning life skills while she’s there," says McMahon.
Ultimately, McMahon says the goal is to have Weier lead a normal life.
"She will have an uphill road," she said.
Statement from victim's family
"We are disappointed in the jury's decision. The decision allows the assailant to petition the court every six months and request release into the community. Their decision also forces our family to relive this horrific crime every six months wondering if they will be released.
"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. It is deeply disappointing.
"We would also like to thank the District Attorney and her team for their remarkable work in presenting the case and assisting our family through the process."
Background on the Trial