Pieper Lewis – A 17-year-old human trafficking victim who stabbed and killed her accused rapist has been ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution to her family.
Pieper Lewis, 17, was sentenced Tuesday after alleging involuntary manslaughter and intentional injury last year in the June 2020 murder of Zachary Brooks, 37, of Des Moines. Both charges were punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Polk County District Judge David M. Porter on Tuesday delayed those prison sentences, meaning that if Lewis violates any part of her probation, she could be sent to prison to serve that 20-year sentence. years old.
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As for being forced to pay your rapist’s estate, “this court has no other option,” Porter said, noting that restitution is mandatory under Iowa law that was upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court.
Pieper Lewis ran away from home to escape abuse by his adoptive mother and was sleeping in the hallway of a Des Moines apartment complex, officials said. A 28-year-old man took her and then trafficked her into having sex with other men, one of whom was Brooks, according to Lewis.
Brooks raped Lewis several times, and after one of the cases, Lewis said he grabbed a knife from his bedside and stabbed him in anger. She was 15 years old when she stabbed Brooks over 30 times inside an apartment in June 2020.
“Suddenly I realized that Mr. Brooks had raped me again and was filled with rage,” Lewis wrote in his guilty plea.
Pieper Lewis was initially charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors did not dispute that Lewis was trafficked and sexually assaulted, but claimed that Brooks was sleeping and was not a danger to Lewis at the time she stabbed him.
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A GoFundMe page for Lewis, started by his former math teacher Leland Schipper, raised more than $380,000 from 10,000 people on Thursday afternoon.
“Pieper doesn’t owe that man’s family justice. Pieper doesn’t deserve to be burdened for the rest of her life because the state of Iowa has written a law that gives judges no discretion over how it’s enforced,” Schipper wrote.
“This law makes no sense in many cases, but in this case it is morally unjustifiable. A child who has been raped should under no circumstances owe the rapist’s family money.’
The funds will be used to pay Lewis’ $150,000 refund, an additional $4,000 state refund, and help her pursue a college education and start her own business.
It will also ‘give Pieper the financial capacity to explore ways to help other young victims of sex crimes!’ wrote Schipper.
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