Ex-Oklahoma officer gets 263 years for rapes, sex assaults
OKLAHOMA CITY — A judge says a former police officer convicted of raping and sexually victimizing women while on his beat in a low-income Oklahoma City neighborhood should spend the rest of his life in prison.
Jurors last month convicted 29-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw on four first-degree rape counts and 14 other charges, and recommended he spend 263 years in prison. The judge agreed Thursday and said Holtzclaw will serve those years consecutively.
Prosecutors said Holtzclaw, who is half-white and half-Japanese, targeted black women while on patrol.
Holtzclaw’s lawyer said prostitutes and drug abusers misconstrued his efforts to help, and that many came forward only after police said an investigation showed that they might be victims.
Defense attorney Scott Adams says Holtzclaw will appeal.
The Associated Press last year highlighted Holtzclaw’s case in after an investigation revealed about 1,000 law officers were decertified in a six-year period because of sexual misconduct on the job.
“I would like to say thank God,” said Shardayreon Hil, a victim of Holtzclaw’s, after the sentencing.
The Associated Press does not identify victims of sex crimes without their consent, but Hill spoke publicly and agreed to be identified.
Hill said she hopes Holtzclaw now realizes what he did to his victims, adding, “I know he wishes he could take it all back … unfortunately he can’t.”