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Appeal raises $150,000 for girl ordered to pay family of accused rapist she killed

Added 09-14-22 05:09:01pm EST - “Judge had ?no other option' but to impose restitution on human trafficking victim given probation with risk of 20 years' prison” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Appeal raises $150,000 for girl ordered to pay family of accused rapist she killed”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Judge had ‘no other option’ but to impose restitution on human trafficking victim given probation with risk of 20 years’ prison

Donors to a GoFundMe appeal have raised enough money to pay the $150,000 restitution an Iowa court ruled a teenage human trafficking victim must pay to the family of her accused rapist, whom she stabbed to death.

Pieper Lewis, 17, was originally charged with first-degree murder in the June 2020 killing of 37-year-old Zachary Brooks of Des Moines. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter and willful injury, both punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

On Tuesday a Polk county district judge, David M Porter, deferred those prison sentences. If Lewis violates any portion of her probation, she could be sent to prison to serve that 20-year term.

As for being required to pay the estate of her rapist, “this court is presented with no other option”, Porter said, noting the restitution is mandatory under a state law that has been upheld by the Iowa supreme court.

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