The Oklahoma City police officer found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting women in the community he patrolled has been sentenced to 263 years in prison. Oklahoma County Judge Timothy Henderson ordered that Daniel Holtzclaw serve the years consecutively. Earlier on Thursday, Holtzclaw was denied a motion his attorneys filed Wednesday for a new trial, that accused the prosecution of withholding potentially exculpatory evidence.
At least three of Holtzclaw’s victims attended his sentencing, as well as three of the jurors who found him guilty in December on 18 of 36 total counts that included rape, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy, burglary, stalking, indecent exposure, and procuring lewd exhibition. He was brought to court by 13 female accusers, aged 17 to 58, all black and poor women who say he abused his power to sexually assault them while working the night shift. Their testimonies were published by Buzzfeed in December.
After the hearing, African American Policy Forum co-founder Kimberlé Crenshaw told BuzzFeed News that “this is just the beginning of justice,” citing the three victims’ statements that they were still suffering. “We heard about long term consequences, so now that Daniel Holtzclaw is going to spend the rest of his life in prison, it’s important for us not to forget that the issue continues.”
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