*Daniel Holtzclaw, the former Oklahoma City cop who was on trial for raping and sexually victimizing black and low income women, was found guilty on Thursday.
It wasn’t a pretty scene as Holtzclaw broke down like a baby sobbing as the verdict was read aloud in the courtroom. He was convicted him on 18 counts involving eight of the 13 women who had accused him; the jury acquitted him on another 18 counts.
The bottom line is that he could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury’s recommendation that he serve a total of 263 years in prison, including a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. He was also convicted of forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, procuring lewd exhibition and second-degree rape.
The jury deliberated for about 45 hours over four days. A judge will decide later whether Holtzclaw, 29, will have to serve the sentences consecutively.
“Justice was done today, and a criminal wearing a uniform is going to prison now,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said. “In those counts where the not verdicts came back, they determined that we didn’t prove those cases beyond a reasonable doubt. It doesn’t mean they didn’t believe the victims.”
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