Pieper Lewis, 17, will appear in court for killing Zachary Brooks, 37, in Iowa on June 1, 2020. Lewis said she was a victim of sex trafficking

The sex trafficking victim who killed her rapist by stabbing him 30 times will be sentenced TOMORROW

Teenage sex trafficker who murdered her rapist by stabbing him 30 times when she was just 15 will be sentenced TOMORROW: She graduated from high school behind bars awaiting sentencing

  • Pieper Lewis was 15 when she killed her alleged rapist by stabbing him 30 times on June 1, 2020 in Iowa
  • Lewis, now 17, was stuck in a sex trafficking scheme when she carried out the act in the heat of the moment after being raped again by her attacker.
  • Zachary Brooks, 37, allegedly raped Lewis multiple times at a Des Moines home
  • Victim was arrested in June 2020 for murder and graduated from high school while behind bars in juvenile detention

A teenage girl caught in a sex trafficking scheme is to be sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to killing her alleged rapist by stabbing him 30 times when she was 15.

Pieper Lewis, 17, will appear in court for allegedly killing Zachary Brooks, 37, at a Des Moines, Iowa home located at 1516 Evergreen Ave. on June 1, 2020. Brooks allegedly raped Lewis multiple times before killing him.

Lewis killed her rapist after he attacked her. She found the knife on the bedside table and stabbed it repeatedly.

The 17-year-old claimed the killing was not premeditated and her actions were filled with “rage”.

She was arrested for murder on June 2, 2020, and will appear for sentencing Wednesday morning at the Polk County Criminal Courthouse, according to the Des Moines Register.

The victim has been sitting in a jail cell since his arrest and graduated from high school in July. She pleaded guilty in 2021 to manslaughter and intentional injury in 2021, and faces decades in prison.

Lewis’ attorney, Matthew Sheeley, was not immediately available for comment.

Pieper Lewis, 17, will appear in court for killing Zachary Brooks, 37, in Iowa on June 1, 2020. Lewis said she was a victim of sex trafficking

She was arrested for murder on June 2, 2020 after police received a call the night of the incident claiming Brooks' death was a suicide.

She was arrested for murder on June 2, 2020 after police received a call the night of the incident claiming Brooks’ death was a suicide.

Lewis will appear in the Polk County Courthouse on Wednesday

Lewis will appear in the Polk County Courthouse on Wednesday

Police investigated the 17-year-old’s relationships with older men, according to court records obtained by the Des Moines Register.

Iowa law states that the legal age of consent for sex is 16. Those under 13 cannot consent to sex, but those 14 and 15 can consent to sex within 48 months of their age.

Lewis was 15 when she was allegedly raped multiple times.

The night Brooks was killed in 2020, someone called authorities to report a suicide. Police later arrived and found the body, but said it did not appear he had taken his own life, according to KCCI.

News of the 15-year-old’s arrest went viral, but her identity was not revealed at the time.

Police arrived at the Iowa home (above) and found Brooks dead after a suicide was reported in 2020

Police arrived at the Iowa home (above) and found Brooks dead after a suicide was reported in 2020

Police investigated Lewis' relationships with older men.  Lewis was 15 when she was allegedly raped, and Iowa law says the legal age of consent for sex is 16

Police investigated Lewis’ relationships with older men. Lewis was 15 when she was allegedly raped, and Iowa law says the legal age of consent for sex is 16

Those involved in a homicide in Iowa must pay $150,000 to families of victims, according to state law. However, Lewis’ lawyers have asked that this law be ignored since the 17-year-old was the victim of a crime.

Human trafficking cases are notoriously the most complex, and Lewis’s case will take time to properly investigate, the Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said in November.

“With all criminal investigations, gathering the evidence necessary to support a charge and to meet the standard for filing criminal charges can take some time,” Parizek told the Des Moines Register.

Legally, Brooks’ actions would also have been a crime since Lewis was underage and did not consent.

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The sex trafficking victim who killed her rapist by stabbing him 30 times will be sentenced TOMORROW

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