Just six weeks after being convicted of four counts of first-degree rape and other heinous offenses (forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, procuring lewd exhibition and second-degree rape) while on duty, ex-Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw has been sentenced to 263 years in prison, CNN reports.
The staggering yet well deserved sentence resulting from the 18 of 36 counts he had been facing was announced on Thursday (Jan. 21), with the jury expressing that it would be best if Holtzclaw served his terms consecutively, essentially meaning he’d never be free again. And according to the Associated Press, District Judge Timothy Henderson fully agreed.
However, now that Holtzclaw has been sentenced and will spend his entire life behind bars, the many black women he attacked and preyed are still suffering from the traumatizing and horrific experience.
“Every time I see the police, I don’t even know what to do,” one of the teenagers who was raped by the officer on the front porch of her mother’s home told the AP. “I don’t ever go outside, and when I do I’m terrified.”
Another victim also spoke out after Holtzclaw’s sentencing, opting to reveal her identity. “The stress of the case and fear of being sexually assaulted again has caused an increase in my blood pressure,” said Jannie Ligons, a grandmother of 12, who was pulled over by Holtzclaw for swerving, “which was untrue,” and then made to perform oral sex. “I so desperately want my life back.”
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater also shared his thoughts on Holtzclaw, expressing that he wasn’t a law officer who committed crimes, but instead “a rapist who masqueraded as a law enforcement officer.”