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Iowa girl convicted of murder accused of rape escapes custody, risking 20 years in prison


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An Iowa girl given a “second chance” after a horrific sex trafficking case is now facing 20 years in prison.

If you’re following, you may have seen our September story on the case Pieper Lewis: a 15-year-old Des Moines girl who ran away from home in 2020. She eventually found herself with a man who allegedly started her sex trafficking, where she was forced into a man’s company. he is 37 years old. Zachary Brooks, who forced her to drink alcohol and marijuana for days, and raped her several times. Accused followers.

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After one of the assaults, Lewis is said to have stabbed Brooks in a fit of rage more than 30 times in the chest, arm and groin. The teenager was arrested and charged with first-degree murder soon after. But a year later in 2021, as part of her plea agreement, she explained to investigators exactly what happened, noting that after regaining consciousness from an attack:

“I suddenly realized that Mr. Brooks had raped me again and I was overcome with rage. Without thinking, I immediately took the knife from his nightstand and started stabbing him.

Due to the nature of her case and the injustices she endured, District Judge Polk David M. Porter In September of this year it was decided that instead of having her serve 20 years for manslaughter, she would be placed on 5 years supervised probation. In addition, she will serve 1,200 hours of community service and pay $150,000 in controversial compensation to the Brooks family, who Related press Sunday revealed to be a married father of two.

One GoFundMe was later created by one of Lewis’ former teachers to help offset and other expenses, and to date, has raised more than $562,000. Porter explained during his September court date, “This court has no choice,” about the fine, but called the sentence a “second chance for the youth,” further warning if violated. her probation, she could end up serving a 20-year prison sentence.

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Now, it seems that despite the warning, the teen escaped from the probation center where she was serving her five-year sentence. According to the probation violation record through Subscribe to Des MoinesThis 18-year-old girl cut off her GPS tracking device before running away The Women’s Base Begins in Des Moines. Jerry Evansexecutive director of the 5th Judicial District Correctional Bureau, told KCCI on Saturday that Pieper escaped at 6:19 a.m. last Friday and was unsure where she might have gone.

Now, a warrant has been issued for her arrest, and if discovered, she could face an initial sentence of 20 years for manslaughter. See also (below):

We can’t imagine what must have gone through the young woman’s mind to escape the probation agreement that kept her out of prison, but we can imagine there’s a lot of unhealed trauma and PTSD. from Brooks plays some role. We hope everything can be worked out and Pieper can be released from prison.

[Images via We Are Iowa Local 5 News/YouTube]

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