Judge Orders Iowa Teen to Pay $150,000 to Family of Alleged Rapist She Killed

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Judge Orders Iowa Teen to Pay $150,000 to Family of Alleged Rapist She Killed
By Lorenz Duchamps September 15, 2022 Updated: September 15, 2022biggersmaller Print

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An Iowa judge ruled on Tuesday that a teenage human trafficking victim must serve five years of closely supervised probation and pay $150,000 in restitution to the family of her accused rapist, whom she stabbed to death.

Pieper Lewis was a 15-year-old runaway seeking to escape an abusive life with her stepmother when she killed her accused rapist, 37-year-old Zachary Brooks, in June 2020, by stabbing him more than 30 times in a Des Moines apartment.

Lewis, now 17, has maintained that she was trafficked against her will to Brooks for sex multiple times and stabbed him in a fit of rage.

Police and prosecutors have not disputed that Lewis was sexually abused and trafficked. But officials argued that Brooks was asleep at the time he was stabbed, and did not present an immediate danger to her.

Last year, she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and willful injury in the 37-year-old’s killing. Each charge was punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Polk County District Judge David M. Porter deferred Lewis’ prison sentence on Tuesday, meaning that if she violates any portion of her probation, she could be sent to prison to serve 20 years.

Porter also said Iowa law compelled him to order the $150,000 payment to the estate of Lewis’ accused rapist because the “court is presented with no other option,” noting the restitution is mandatory under the law that has been upheld by the state’s supreme court.

According to the law (pdf), the court is required to order offenders to pay at least $150,000 in restitution if they kill another person—which has struck some observers in this particular case as unnecessarily harsh.


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  • Posted by $ splumb 1 week, 5 days ago
    And that, my friends, is why so many rape victims don't come forward. They know they won't get justice.
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    • Posted by $ 1 week, 5 days ago
      Agree wholeheartedly and the same goes for human trafficking of all types. Weird how pizzagate was debunked when Alfontis said “we don’t have a basement” so nothing nefarious could be happening there. Alfontis is the boy friend of the media matters Queer David Brock. Really strange is how the year before the story broke in a news article Alfontis said how they celebrate the local fall harvest in the basement.
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  • Posted by Eyecu2 1 week, 5 days ago
    Seems to me that she needed a better lawyer and should appeal with a different one immediately.

    Had the judge ordered the person or persons who trafficked her to pay her and awarded the young lady with a medal for removing a piece of trash from society. Plus jailing the person or persons who trafficked her it would have been justice.
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  • Posted by tutor-turtle 1 week, 4 days ago
    Why is Human Trafficking the unspoken horror the world refuses to acknowledge, confront or even discuss?
    Either people want to remain blissfully ignorant of unpleasant realities, or they are part of the problem.
    400,000 children go missing in just this country alone... every year. Think about that a moment.
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  • Posted by 25n56il4 1 week, 3 days ago
    She was entitled to a jury of her peers per the Constitution. How many jurors did she have who'd been raped? How many women were on the Jury? Was the JUdge a woman? Sounds like a put up job to me? I'd declare a Mistrial. I've served on 3 Grand Juries. This rapist wouldn[t have needed a trial! I'd have requested a hanging.
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  • Posted by term2 1 week, 5 days ago
    I dont need to be reminded NOT to visit Iowa, along with Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Louisiana, NYC and a few other places in the USA. Some strange laws in the USA.
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