Teenage rape victim facing decades in jail for killing attacker in fit of rage

A woman found guilty of murdering her alleged rapist is facing decades in prison.

Pieper Lewis, 17, will be sentenced in Iowa on Wednesday (November 9) at the Polk County Criminal Courthouse, the Des Moines Register reports.

Lewis alleged that she didn’t want to have sex with Zachary Brooks, ultimatly leading to her stabbing him 30 times with a knife in "rage".

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Lewis was 15 at the time of the killing at 1516 Evergreen Avenue on June 1, 2020.

She pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and willful injury in 2021, MailOnline reports.

The minor claims she had been staying with a man, 40, who she describes as her boyfriend but who made her have sex with other men.

The unnamed individual denied the allegations and claimed she never stayed with him.

Lewis had been sleeping rough on the steps of an Oakview Terrace Apartment Complex after a breakdown in her relationship with the foster guardians who had raised her since she was three years old.

She claims the man made a dating profile for her and got her to sleep with men for cash.

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Lewis is understood to have met Zachary Brooks at a party where she claims he gave her booze and drugs after she was forced to stay with him.

She said the man she called her boyfriend held a knife to her and forced her to go to Brook’s apartment.

In her plea statement, Lewis said: “I did not want to have sex with Mr Brooks.

“I did not want to go to Mr Brooks' apartment, but I had no other place to go.”

She claims Brooks forced her to smoke weed and drink alcohol.

“My initial thought was that Mr Brooks was drunk and would likely fall asleep while watching the movie,” she said.

“I thought that this was the only way to stop him from having sex with me.”

She claims that when she fell asleep she was woken up being raped, which left her “full of rage” and led to her reaching for a knife on the nightstand before she stabbed him 30 times.

The age of consent in Iowa is 16, although people aged 14 and 15 can consent to sex with people within 48 months of their age.

Lewis’ identity wasn’t initially released at the time of the arrest, just a day after the killing.

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