Teen KILLED Her Abuser – She Just Learned Her Fate
(NewsReady.com) – In June 2020, then-15-year-old Pieper Lewis stabbed 37-year-old Zachary Brooks to death. The teenager claimed the man was sexually assaulting her at the time. In 2021, she pleaded guilty to one charge of willful injury and another for involuntary manslaughter. An Iowa judge has now sentenced her for the crime.
On Tuesday, September 13, Polk County District Judge David M. Porter sentenced Lewis, now 17, sentenced her to five years of supervised probation. He also ordered her to pay $150,000 in restitution to Brooks’ family. If she violates the probation, she could go to prison for 20 years.
Porter explained restitution was mandatory under Iowa law and he didn’t have any other choice. However, Leland Schipper, Lewis’ former teacher, organized a GoFundMe fundraiser to help the teen pay the restitution, including $4,000 to the state, help her start her life, and give her money to figure out how to help victims of sex crimes. One day after the sentencing, the account had raised more than $240,000.
A teenage human trafficking victim who was initially charged with first-degree murder after she stabbed her accused rapist to death has been sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the man's family. https://t.co/ZF8G8MuFSh
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 14, 2022
Lewis ran away from her home in 2020 and was living in the hallway of an apartment building when a 28-year-old man gave her a place to stay. Instead of taking care of the child, he allegedly forced her into sex trafficking. In the weeks before the killing, the teen claimed Brooks raped her multiple times. When he reportedly tried again, she stabbed him 30 times. Law enforcement has not denied the abuse, but prosecutors claim the man was sleeping when the crime occurred.
Iowa does not have a safe harbor law to protect victims of sex trafficking from prosecution in cases like Lewis’.
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