Ex-Cop Daniel Holtzclaw Sentenced To 263 Years In Prison For Rape And Assault Of Black Women
Daniel Holtzclaw, the Oklahoma City Police officer that was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting eight women while on duty has been sentenced to 263 consecutive years in prison — the full recommended sentence decided by the jury in December of last year.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the hearing this morning was delayed as Holtzclaw’s lawyers met with the judge regarding a request for a new trial. District Judge Timothy Henderson denied the defense’s requests and went ahead with the sentencing as planned.
Prior to the actual sentencing, three victims testified about the impact Holtzclaw’s actions had on their lives.
BuzzFeed previously published all 13 of the accuser’s statements, recorded during a preliminary hearing in November.
The former police officer specifically targeted poor, black women, most of whom had a history of drug abuse or a criminal record. Prosecutors presented a compelling case to an all-white, mostly male jury, detailing the actions of a man who abused his position of power and preyed on women he knew specifically would feel trapped or incapable of reporting the abuse.
Holtzclaw was convicted in December of 18 out of the 36 counts against him which included rape in the first degree, sexual battery and forcible oral sodomy. When his verdict was read, Holtzclaw wept openly, assumedly bereft at the idea of spending the rest of his life behind bars.