Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren on Friday ordered the release of 19-year-old Anissa Weier from the Winnebago Institute of Mental Health in Oshkosh, ruling that she is no longer a threat and that the conditions of her release should protect her as much to her as well as to the community.
Ms. Weier has spent nearly four years at the facility.
Judge Bohren scheduled his release for Monday, but it is unclear if Weier left the facility.
Officials at the state Department of Health Services, which oversees Winnebago, have repeatedly refused to acknowledge that Ms. Weier was a patient for privacy reasons.
Ms. Weier’s attorney, Maura McMahon, said she does not have access to Ms. Weier’s transportation plans. She did not immediately respond to a message.
Steve Lyons, a spokesman for victim Payton Leutner’s family, said today that they are disappointed with Judge Bohren’s decision and that Ms. Weier should have served longer in Winnebago.
“We’re nervous because she’s going to be out,” Lyons said.
“We are nervous about the potential of what could happen.”
Weier and a friend, Morgan Geyser, became engaged to Winnebago after pleading guilty to attacking Ms. Leutner when they were 12 years old.
Ms. Geyser stabbed Ms. Leutner multiple times in a Waukesha park while Ms. Weier urged her on. Ms. Leutner suffered 19 injuries, including one that narrowly missed her heart, and she barely survived.
Ms. Weier and Ms. Geyser later told investigators that they attacked Ms. Leutner to earn a place as Slender Man’s servants and prevent her from killing their families.
Judge Bohren sentenced Ms. Weier in December 2017 to 25 years in Winnebago and Ms. Geyser to 40 years at the facility in February 2018.
Weier requested his release in March, saying he had exhausted his treatment options. Judge Bohren ruled in July that he no longer posed a threat. She signed a conditional release plan on Friday before ordering the facility to release her on Monday.
According to the plan, Ms Weier must live with her father, continue to receive psychiatric care and undergo 24-hour GPS monitoring. He cannot have any contact with Ms. Leutner’s family, he cannot own weapons and he cannot use social media. The Department of Corrections will monitor your limited use of the Internet.
Ms. Leutner’s family declined to speak during Friday’s court hearing on the plan. Lyons said Tuesday the family is “reasonably comfortable” with the conditions, but the safety of Ms. Leutner and the safety of the community must come first.
He added that Ms. Leutner no longer lives in Waukesha County and is now a college sophomore with a part-time job. He declined to name the university or his employer. She said that she just bought her first used car on Monday and has two cats, Salem and Lilith.