Iowa teen who killed her alleged rapist escapes custody at probation center
An Iowa teenager who was sentenced to five years probation earlier this year after stabbing her alleged rapist to death, escaped from custody at a women’s center in Des Moines on Friday.
Pieper Lewis, 18, walked out of the Fresh Start Women’s Center around 6:15 a.m. and cut off the GPS monitor, according to a probation violation report obtained by the Des Moines Register.
In September, she was sentenced to five years in prison supervised probation and an order to pay $150,000 to the family of 37-year-old Zachary Brooks.
Lewis said she stabbed Brooks to death two years ago in a fit of rage after he repeatedly raped her when she was 15.
Prosecutors did not dispute that Lewis was a a victim of sex traffickingbut argued that Brooks was asleep when he was stabbed and did not pose an immediate threat.
The $150,000 Lewis was ordered to pay Brooks’ family drew widespread criticism, but the judge in the case said “this court has no other option” because restitution is required under Iowa law.
A GoFundMe campaign was created to pay that restitution well raised half a million dollars.
Lewis faced 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and malicious wounding. Under the terms of the suspended sentence, the sentences were deferred.
A probation violation report released Friday said her suspended sentences should be vacated and her original sentence imposed, it said Des Moines Register.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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