Daniel Holtzclaw pleaded not guilty to all charges. On December 10, 2015, an all-white jury convicted him on 18 of 36 charges, and on January 21, 2016 he was sentenced to 263 years in prison.
according to the Washington Post. Jurors recommended the maximum allowed prison sentence for Holtzclaw and District Judge Timothy Henderson agreed. Daniel Holtzclaw waived his right to remain in custody at the county jail for 10 days and was taken directly to prison.
Holtzclaw was accused of terrorizing residents of a low-income Oklahoma City neighborhood where he was assigned in 2013 and 2014. Prosecutors built a case against Holtzclaw that claimed he targeted black women in the neighborhoods in the north and east areas of Oklahoma City. As an officer, Holtzclaw would check the women for warrants and then offer them freedom in exchange for various sexual favors.
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Daniel Holtzclaw and his attorneys asked for a new trial after hearing the jurors decision back in December. Right before reading the sentence for the disgraced OKC cop, District Judge Timothy Henderson denied Holtzclaw’s motion for a new trial.
It was pointed out during the trial that Daniel Holtzclaw’s accusers were all black women, A total of 13 of Holtzclaw’s accusers testified against him. The woman told the jury while under oath that Holtzclaw checked for outstanding warrants and drug paraphernalia before attempting to force himself on them.
Daniel Holtzclaw’s case sparked national outrage as race relations has been a hot-button topic in recent years. With the prevalence of Black Lives Matter, many kept a close eye on the month-long trial of Holtzclaw, which concluded with a guilty conviction on 18 counts back in December.
Holtzclaw’s attorney Scott Adams has already issued a statement regarding the instant life sentence. Adams says that Holtzclaw plans to appeal. “It is what it is,” Adams said of the 263-year sentence. “It wasn’t a surprise.”
Holtzclaw's victims included a teenager and woman in her 50s. Three accusers delivered victim-impact statements Thursday, and at least one other was in the courtroom.
Jannie Ligons, whose complaint in June 2014 launched the investigation of Holtzclaw, said she has been under stress because of the case and the fear of being sexually assaulted again. "My daughter and sisters are frightful when a police car pulls up behind them," Ligons said.
The Associated Press does not identify victims of sex crimes without their consent, but she was among two women who spoke publicly about the case and agreed to be identified.
Another woman, who was 17 at the time of the assault, said her "life has been upside down" since Holtzclaw raped her on the front porch of her mother's home.
"It's been hard on my family. It's been hard on me," she told the court. "Every time I see the police, I don't even know what to do. I don't ever go outside, and when I do I'm terrified."
Several of Holtzclaw's victims have filed civil lawsuits against Holtzclaw and the city in state and federal court.
Thursday's hearing was delayed by a few hours as Holtzclaw and attorneys met with the judge over the defense's request for a new trial or evidentiary hearing, but after hearing testimony from another officer, Henderson rejected the request and moved on to witness statements.