Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City Police Officer who was found guilty of raping at least 13 black women during routine police interactions in a span of seven months while on duty was sentenced to 263 years in prison on Thursday. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was sentenced by the judge to 263 years in prison. Back in December, a jury convicted Holtzclaw of 18 counts of sexual battery, rape, forcible sodomy and other offenses. The former officer was acquitted on 18 other counts.
NBC News reports:
According to Oklahoma state court records, Holtzclaw’s attorney Scott Adams filed a motion for a new trial — just one day before a judge would officially sentence him. The judge at today’s sentencing hearing denied that motion.
Adams claimed that his client was denied a fair trial because “the government made deliberate discovery violations and misrepresentations, undermining confidence in the verdict,” according to court documents obtained by NBC News.
A judge sentenced Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, to 263 years in prison.
Holtzclaw’s attorney Scott Adams filed a motion for a new trial but today, the judge at the sentencing hearing denied that motion.
During the trial, thirteen black women who he stopped while on patrol took the stand and testified that the former cop had coerced them into having sex after threatening to arrest them for possessing drug paraphernalia or on outstanding warrants.
Sex crimes detectives testified they identified and interviewed women Holtzclaw had searched or been in contact with during his 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift. They used GPS records from his patrol car to place him at the scene of the alleged incidents.
One of his victims was only 17-years-old.
“I would like to say thank God,” Shardayreon Hill, one of his victims said outside the courtroom after Holtzclaw was sentenced to 263 consecutive years in prison.
Hill went on to say she hopes Holtzclaw now realizes what he did to his victims, and added,”I know he wishes he could take it all back … unfortunately he can’t.”
Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented many of the victims, said they are trying to recover and to cope as best they know how.
In December, Holtzclaw openly wept in court when he realized the prison time he would likely be facing and today, that’s a reality. His life is effectively over but hopefully, his victims can begin the healing process and move on.
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