Illinois residents may recall the case of two 13-year-old girls who attempted to kill another teen to appease a fictional character called Slender Man. They believed that if they killed the third girl, he would give them a place in his mansion, and they also believed that they would prove his existence to others. Authorities say that the two girls spent months plotting the attack on their victim.
The victim in the case was reportedly stabbed 19 times, with one wound close to a major artery close to her heart. She managed to crawl to a nearby road where she was found by a passing motorist. Her family called the girl’s recovery a miracle, and she returned to school a few months after the attack. Police say that the girls who allegedly committed the crime were taken into custody that same day.
Although the defendants’ attorneys wanted them tried as minors, the judge in the case is ordering them to be tried as adults. If they are tried as minors, they would be released at age 18. If they are tried as adults, they could spend up to 65 years in prison. Their attorneys argue that they would not get the treatment that they need for their mental illness while the judge believes that they won’t get any treatment once they are released from juvenile detention.
Regardless of age, a person may wish to consult with a criminal law attorney after being charged with a crime. An attorney may be able to help negotiate a plea arrangement with the prosecutor that would involve a plea of guilty to a lesser offense in exchange for a more lenient penalty.