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17-year-old woman who pled guilty to killing a man she alleges raped her, to be sentenced on September 13

Pieper Lewis, who is now 17 years old and pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering a man who she claims raped her, was scheduled to have her sentencing this coming Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa. However, following a very long day in court, the judge made the decision to postpone the hearing until September 13.

Lewis entered a guilty plea for the murder of Zachary Brooks when she was only 15 years old, two years ago. Lewis claimed that she was a victim of human trafficking after being forced out of her house, and she claimed that Brooks raped her multiple times before she stabbed him. Lewis stabbed Brooks after she said she was forced out of her home.

She consented to enter a guilty plea to the charges of deliberate injury and involuntary manslaughter. She faces a possible maximum of ten years in prison for each charge.

Wednesday was the day that Lewis’ defense team went before the court to deliver their case. They presented multiple witnesses who testified that Lewis does not pose a danger to the community and that he should not be sent to prison as a result of his actions.

The social worker that was assigned to Lewis at Lutheran Services of Iowa suggested that she keep going to counseling.

“From where I stand, Pieper is completely committed to the therapeutic process. According to Megan Hoxhalli, who works with Lutheran Services of Iowa, “That is something she wants to do, and she is continuously trying to work on herself and better herself, so I think she’ll follow through on that.”

The court indicated that he will make a final determination on September 13th.

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