Morgan Geyser, one of the two teens accused of stabbing classmate Payton Leutner in 2014 in order to appease the “Slenderman”—a mythical beast conjured up by the internet—has reached a plea agreement just two weeks before her trial was set to start.
According to Buzzfeed News, Geyser will plead guilty to the charge of first-degree intentional homicide in exchange for prosecutors agreeing that Geyser is “not criminally liable by reason of mental disease or defect.” If this plea is accepted by a judge, Geyser will not go to prison and will instead face up to 40 years in a state psychiatric institution.
In 2014, Geyser and her friend Anissa Weier were accused of stabbing their classmate 19 times in an attempt to become “proxies” of Slenderman—a fictional character that is tall, faceless, skinny and may or may not have tentacles for hands. Slenderman is essentially a meme created by the internet, photoshopped into black and white pictures, but he is decidedly not real. Weier and Geyser, who were 12 at the time of the stabbing, were tried as adults in 2016.
In August, Weier pled guilty to attempted-degree homicide as a party to a crime, with use of a deadly weapon; she was also diagnosed with early-onset schizophrenia. Weeks before her trial was set to begin, the judge in that case accepted her insanity plea and found that she was not legally responsible.