It was reported by The Oklahoman on Thursday that Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, will spend the rest of his life in prison. Holtzclaw was convicted of sexually assaulting eight women while on duty.
Prosecutors said that Holtzclaw targeted Black women in low-income neighborhoods between 2013 and 2014. He checked them for drug paraphernalia or warrants and then sexually assaulted them. Holtzclaw has consistently denied the charges against him while his lawyers tried to discredit his accusers by bringing up their past criminal activities. This case was brought to national attention when an all-White jury was selected.
His victims were all Black and included a teenager and a woman in her 50s.
Following a six-week trial, on December 10, Holtzclaw was convicted of 18 sexual offenses, of which included four counts of first-degree rape. On Thursday, he requested a new trial, claiming that DNA evidence had been omitted from his case. The judge denied his request because there was not enough evidence. The judge then agreed with the jury and handed Holtzclaw a 263-year sentence that will be served consecutively and with credit for time served. According to the Tulsa World, Holtzclaw waived his right to remain in the custody of the county jail for 10 days, opting to be directly taken to prison.
During the sentencing period of the trial, one of the victims, identified as A, said, “I was 17 when this happened with Mr. Holtzclaw, and ever since this happened my life has been upside down. … I can’t take the stress anymore … I feel like I’m dying on the inside.”
According to the Tulsa World, several victims have filed civil lawsuits against Holtzclaw.
Photos have circulated the Internet featuring Holtzclaw red-faced and weeping in the courtroom as if his tears are supposed to evoke some form of pity within its viewers. Holtzclaw is not weeping for the damage he has done to these women and their families, but rather he selfishly weeps for himself. You knew exactly what you were doing when you pulled over those women and raped them, Holtzclaw. You don’t rape by accident.