After hours of delays and a failed defense motion for a new trial, former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was sentenced to 263 in prison for raping and sodomizing 13 Black women while on duty.
Holtzclaw was convicted back in December on 18 of the 36 counts, which ranged from indecent exposure and forcible sodomy to rape. He was ultimately convicted on first degree rape, second degree rape, sexual battery, procuring lewd exhibition, and forcible oral sodomy. At the time of his conviction, the jury recommended the former cop be sentenced to 263 years in prison, which Judge Timothy Henderson upheld today.
During the hearing, three victims had a chance to address Holtzclaw, who sat emotionless throughout the sentencing.
Jannie Ligons, the grandmother whose case sparked the entire investigation, spoke first.
“My life changed forever,” Ligons said, explaining the trauma she’s experienced affected her physically and emotionally. “I want my life back,” she added.
Holtzclaw’s youngest victim, a 17-year-old girl, also addressed the court, recalling at the time of her assault she “felt like she was dying inside.”
Holtzclaw’s attorney presented several letters of support and argued he could be rehabilitated, but the lead prosecutor argued you can’t rehabilitate someone who claims to have done nothing wrong.
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Ultimately, Judge Henderson agree with the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Holtzclaw to 263 years to be served consecutively before turning him over to the custody of the Oklahoma county sheriff.