An Iowa teen who was sentenced to five years probation earlier this year after stabbing her alleged rapist to death escaped custody on Friday at 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.
In September, she was sentenced to five years of closely supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 to the family of 37-year-old Zachary Brooks.
Lewis claimed she stabbed Brooks to death in a rage two years ago after he raped her multiple times when she was 15 years old.
Prosecutors did not deny that Lewis was a victim of sex trafficking, but they claimed that Brooks was sleeping when he was stabbed and did not pose an immediate threat.
The $150,000 Lewis was ordered to pay to Brooks’ family drew widespread condemnation, but the judge in the case stated that “this court is presented with no other option” because restitution is required by Iowa law.
A GoFundMe campaign set up to pay the restitution raised well over half a million dollars.
Lewis faced up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and willful injury. Those sentenced were deferred under the terms of her probation.
According to the Des Moines Register, a probation violation report issued Friday stated that her deferred judgments should be revoked and her original sentence imposed.