A former Oklahoma City police officer could be sentenced to as much as 263 years in prison Thursday after being convicted last month of rape and other charges, PEOPLE confirms.
Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was found guilty of 18 counts in all, including first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, procuring lewd exhibition and second-degree rape, according to court records obtained by PEOPLE.
The jury in the case recommended a total of 263 years in jail, including 30 years for each of four first-degree rape counts. He was found not guilty on an additional 18 counts.
District judge Timothy Henderson will decide Thursday whether Holtzclaw will have to serve his sentences consecutively, reports the Associated Press.
Prosecutors said Holtzclaw used his position of authority to prey on women in a low-income neighborhood near the state capitol, forcing himself upon them after stopping them while on patrol to check for outstanding warrants or drug paraphernalia.
The state also emphasized the racial aspect to the case – Holtzclaw is half-white, half-Japanese, while all of his victims were black.
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Holtzclaw wept openly during his sentencing on Dec. 10, which happened to be his 29th birthday, reports KFOR-TV. He also stared down the jury as he walked out, and mouthed to his family, “I didn’t do it,” KFOR said.
On Wednesday, Holtzclaw’s attorney, Scott Adams, filed a motion for a new trial, saying prosecutors withheld evidence favorable to his client in the case, reports The Oklahoman. It was not clear when Judge Henderson might rule on that motion.
Sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.