Lewis pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and willful injury for stabbing to death Zachary Brooks, 37, who she says raped her multiple times in 2020 when she was 15.
During a sentencing hearing Tuesday, she received five years of probation and a deferred judgment, meaning her record could be expunged if she meets the conditions of her sentence.
Leland Schipper, who taught freshman math to Lewis at Des Moines Lincoln High School, organized the fundraiser in part to help cover the restitution she legally owes Brooks’ estate.
But Lewis’ attorneys say they must determine whether Iowa law would allow the donated money to be used to pay the $150,000 in court-ordered restitution.
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