DES MOINES, Iowa –
Warning: This story contains references to sexual assault
An 18-year-old intercourse trafficking sufferer who killed her rapist was being held in an Iowa jail Wednesday and will face a jail time period after she walked away from a Des Moines ladies’s shelter the place she was serving probation for a manslaughter conviction.
Pieper Lewis was booked into the Polk County Jail on Tuesday, mentioned Polk County Sheriff Lt. Ryan Evans.
Iowa Department of Corrections officers situated her in Des Moines and took her into custody.
“We want to thank regulation enforcement and members of Iowa’s fifth Judicial District for his or her efforts to securely convey Ms. Lewis again into custody,” corrections spokesman Nick Crawford mentioned.
An arrest warrant had been issued after Lewis was seen strolling out of the Fresh Start Women’s Center in Des Moines shortly after 6:15 a.m. Friday, based on a report filed with the court docket by a probation officer and the shelter’s residential supervisor. The report mentioned Lewis lower off the GPS monitor she was ordered to put on as a part of her sentence after which left the ability.
She might be taken earlier than Judge David Porter for a probation revocation listening to. A date had not but been set as of Wednesday. If her probation is revoked she could possibly be sentenced to jail.
Porter sentenced Lewis in September to probation for 5 years to be served on the ladies’s shelter. He additionally gave her a deferred judgement, which meant her conviction can be expunged from her file if she accomplished the necessities of her probation. Porter warned Lewis at her sentencing listening to that by affording her a chance to keep away from jail he was giving her a second probability. “You do not get a 3rd,” he mentioned.
Lewis had confronted a 20-year jail sentence after pleading responsible final 12 months to involuntary manslaughter and willful damage in the June 2020 killing of 37-year-old Zachary Brooks, a married father of two. Lewis was 15 when she stabbed Brooks greater than 30 instances in a Des Moines house. She had initially been charged with first-degree assassination however prosecutors agreed to a plea deal that dropped that cost in trade for her plea.
Lewis has mentioned that she was trafficked in opposition to her will to Brooks for intercourse a number of instances and stabbed him in a match of rage after he compelled her to have intercourse with him once more. Police and prosecutors didn’t dispute that Lewis was sexually assaulted and trafficked. The man she accused of forcing her to have intercourse with males, together with Brooks, has by no means been charged.
Court paperwork point out Lewis was allowed to go away the ladies’s shelter to work at a neighborhood pizza restaurant and present she had a number of incidents of violating the shelter guidelines in the previous month.
The 48-bed shelter is in a neighborhood northwest of downtown Des Moines. It is operated by the Department of Corrections for girls on parole, work launch or on pretrial launch.
Porter additionally had ordered Lewis to pay US$150,000 restitution to Brooks’ property, a transfer many individuals discovered to be outrageous. Porter mentioned Iowa regulation required the restitution. Court data present Lewis’ lawyer has requested the decide to rethink and Porter ordered legal professionals to file briefs on the difficulty by Thursday. He indicated he would launch a choice inside 30 days.
A GoFundMe marketing campaign began by a highschool trainer who taught Lewis has raised over US$560,000. No new donations have been being accepted, based on the location. The cash stays with the GoFundMe group and he and Lewis don’t but have entry to it. Court data point out the restitution has not but been paid.
The Associated Press doesn’t usually title victims of sexual assault, however Lewis agreed to have her title used beforehand in tales about her case.