A Des Moines women’s center on Friday saw the escape of an Iowa teen sentenced to five years of probation earlier this year after fatally murdering her accused rapist. According to a probation violation report that the Des Moines Register obtained, Pieper Lewis, 18, left the Fresh Start Women’s Center around 6:15 a.m. and cut off a GPS monitor.
Furthermore, she was given a five-year probationary period under close supervision and ordered to pay $150,000 to the family of 37-year-old Zachary Brooks in September. Lewis claimed Brooks repeatedly sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old, and two years ago, in a fit of rage, she stabbed him to death. On another note, although the prosecution conceded that Lewis was a victim of sex trafficking, they contended that Brooks did not constitute a threat at the time of the stabbing since he was asleep.
Moreover, Lewis was forced to pay Brooks’ family $150,000, eliciting harsh condemnation, but the judge in the case ruled that “this court is presented with no other option” because restitution is mandatory under Iowa law. In other news, a GoFundMe campaign amassed far over $500,000 in donations to pay for the restitution.
Additionally, Pieper Lewis faced a sentence of up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to deliberate harm and involuntary manslaughter. However, that sentencing was postponed under the terms of her probation. According to the Des Moines Register, a probation violation report released on Friday stated that her deferred judgments should be revoked and her original sentence should be imposed.