An Iowa teenager who was sentenced to five years probation earlier this year after stabbing her alleged rapist to death escaped Friday from a women’s center in Des Moines.
Pieper Lewis, 18, walked out of the Fresh Start Women’s Center around 6:15 a.m. and cut off a GPS monitor, according to a probation violation report obtained by the Des Moines Register.
She was sentenced in September to five years of closely supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 to the family of Zachary Brooks, 37.
Lewis said she stabbed Brooks to death in a fit of rage two years ago after raping her multiple times when she was 15.
Prosecutors did not dispute that Lewis was a victim of sex trafficking, but argued that Brooks was sleeping when he was stabbed and did not pose an immediate threat.
The $150,000 Lewis was ordered to pay Brooks’ family drew widespread criticism, but the judge in the case said “this court has no other option” since restitution is mandatory in under Iowa law.
A GoFundMe campaign created to pay for this restitution has raised more than half a million dollars.
Lewis was facing up to 20 years in prison for pleading guilty to manslaughter and intentional injury. Under the terms of his probation, convicts were deferred.
A probation violation report released Friday said his pending judgments should be revoked and his original sentence should be imposed, according to the Des Moines Register.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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