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Wisconsin girl in ‘Slenderman’ stabbing sentenced to 25 years in psychiatric care

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A Wisconsin girl who along with a friend stabbed a classmate 19 times to placate the fictitious bogeyman “Slenderman” was committed on Thursday to state psychiatric care for 25 years.

Anissa Weier, 15, and Morgan Geyser pleaded guilty in separate court cases to stabbing their classmate when all three girls were 12, as part of an effort to please Slenderman, whom Weier and Geyser said they believed would kill their families if they did not do so.

“I want everybody involved to know that I deeply regret everything that happened that day,” Weier told the judge during her sentencing hearing on Thursday. “I’m never going to let this happen again.”

Weier’s attorney, Maura McMahon, had asked for 10 years of institutionalization for the girl, who along with Geyser was charged as an adult.

Geyser, who like Weier was found not responsible for her actions due to mental illness, is already housed in a state mental institution. Their classmate, who is not being named by Reuters, survived, but remains traumatized and fearful, locking her windows every night and living with scars all over her body, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren said at Thursday’s sentencing.

Under Bohren’s Thursday commitment order, Weier, who suffers from delusions and auditory hallucinations, will live at a state mental institution. Her 25-year sentence will be reduced by about three years for time she has already served in a juvenile facility.

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Slenderman originated in 2009 in an online forum where a user inserted the gaunt, tall, faceless figure into photos and the doctored images evolved into an urban legend.

Bohren said during the hearing in suburban Milwaukee that he found it upsetting to learn that Weier had access to a homemade Ouija board in the juvenile facility where she was being held, referring to the game that purports to allow players to communicate with the spirit world.

Weier believed that the Ouija board had released an evil spirit that was pressing down on her bed, and also brought about the return of Slenderman, according to a court report.

“I am very concerned about the near future with comments about the Ouija board, delusions and demons,” the judge said, acknowledging that the sentence amounted to nearly twice as long as Weier has been alive.

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Weier will be able to petition for release from institutionalization in July 2020. Even if that happens, however, her case will be overseen by the state until her 25-year sentence ends, he said.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, California and Peter Szekely in New York; Writing by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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