Daniel Holtzclaw turned 29-years-old yesterday and on this day he also learned that he might face 263 years in prison for the rape and sexual assault of eight women.
Last month, we reported that Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was charged with 36 counts of rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, stalking, burglary, and forcible oral sodomy.
Yesterday, he was found guilty on 18 of those counts after an all-White jury, composed of eight men and four women, deliberated for 45 hours. You may remember that Holtzclaw’s case was particularly interesting because of his 12 of his 13 victims were Black women, living in impoverished neighborhoods, with criminal histories.
While on duty as a traffic officer, Holtzclaw preyed and manipulated these women either offering to drop one of their charges or banking on the fact that authorities would not believe their stories.
According to CBSNews, yesterday, on his birthday, Holtzclaw was convicted of sexually victimizing 8 of the 13 women. He was found guilty of four counts of first-degree rape, one count of second-degree rape, six counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible sodomy and three counts of procuring lewd acts.
Each of the first-degree rape convictions carry a life sentence but the jury recommended 30 years for each charge, equaling a total of 263 years in prison for all the offenses.
He will formally be sentenced on January 21, 2016.
Many of 13 women who testified told the jury that Holtzclaw pulled them over while out for traffic stops. He searched for outstanding warrants or checked to see if they were carrying drug paraphernalia, then forced himself on them.
The women’s ages ranged from 17-58.
It was the 58-year-old’s testimony that launched the investigation.
Sex crime detectives testified that they identified and interviewed women Holtzclaw had either searched or been in contact with during his 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. shift. They also used GPS records from his patrol car to place him at the scene of these alleged incidents.
Holtzclaw, who was fired after his arrest last year, did not testify on his own behalf.
When the verdict was read Holtzclaw was visibly disturbed, shaking and crying in a bent position.
You can watch video of that moment in video below.
The sentencing starts around the 3:30 mark.