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Anissa Weier, convicted in Slender Man stabbing, will be granted conditional release on Monday

Posted at 2:07 PM, Sep 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-10 20:21:47-04

MILWAUKEE -- A judge has granted Anissa Weier, 19, conditional release from a mental health facility beginning next Monday.

Weier was convicted in the 2014 Slender Man stabbing. On Monday, she will get to live with her father. She will wear a GPS monitor 24/7, according to terms set by the judge.

"I'm satisfied it's reasonable," Judge Michael Bohren said. "It provides good protections as far the community is concerned. It also provides a good plan for rehabilitation then of Ms. Weier, so I will approve the plan."

Weier has spent the last few years at the institution after being convicted in the near-fatal stabbing of Payton Leutner when they were both 12 years old.

Prosecutors have argued against the release, saying that Weier is a danger to others.

The judge noted court-appointed health professionals evaluated Weier and recommended approving her conditional release. He gave 60 days for the evaluators to come up with a plan.

According to the plan, a case manager will drive Weier to all of her health and counseling appointments. She will have a curfew. She won't be able to leave the county or stay overnight anywhere without permission. She cannot leave the state. She cannot have access to social media, and her internet activity will be monitored.

The plan requires Weier participate in "a minimum of 20 hours of structured, social or vocational activities per week."

"When appropriate Ms. Weier will actively participate in continuing her education and obtaining employment," the plan states.

"She looks forward to moving on into a productive life," Weier's attorney said.

TMJ4 News reached out to a representative for the Leutner family for a statement.

"The court does not find that there is clear and convincing evidence that Miss Weier poses a significant threat of bodily harm to herself or others or serious property damage," Judge Michael Bohren said back in July.

"What I saw through all of the reports was that Miss Weier followed all of the rules at Winnebago. She never lied. She was honest. There was no deception in her comments to the treatment personnel. She was cooperative. She expressed understanding of the offense and that's throughout all of the reports," Judge Bohren said.

Check back often for updates on this developing story.

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