A $ex trafficking victim who killed her alleged rapist was sentenced Tuesday in an Iowa court to five years supervised probation, 1,200 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the family of the alleged rapist.
Pieper Lewis, who is now 17 years old, killed 37-year-old Zachary Brooks of Des Moines, Iowa, in June 2020, when she was 15 years old, after Brooks allegedly raped her numerous times. The teen stabbed the man more than 30 times, according to authorities.
“Well, Ms. Lewis, this was the second chance you asked for,” Polk County District Judge David M. Porter said Tuesday. “You don’t get a third. Do you understand that?”
Judge Porter also said the court was “presented with no other option” then to force the teen to pay restitution to Brooks’ family thanks to Iowa law. The state also does not have a safe harbor law, the Associated Press noted.
The teen pleaded to involuntary manslaughter and willful injury, both of which were punishable by up to 10 years behind bars, Fox News noted. Judge Porter deferred the prison sentences; if the teen violates her probation, she could serve out the 20 years.