Holtzclaw sentenced to 263 years in prison

Ponca City Now - January 21, 2016 2:19 pm

At 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Oklahoma County District Judge Timothy Henderson said 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.

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.


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