The former officer was accused of raping 13 females while on duty

By Steve Helling
January 21, 2016 05:10 PM
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool

A former Oklahoma City police officer has been sentenced to 263 years in prison for a series of sexual assaults on African American women.

Wearing a prison-issued orange jumpsuit, the 29-year-old former officer sat silently as the sentence was handed down.

Prosecutors proved that Holtzclaw used his position of authority to prey on 13 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.

Holtzclaw was convicted last month of 18 counts, including first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, procuring lewd exhibition and second-degree rape.

On Wednesday, Holtzclaw s attorney, Scott Adams, filed a motion seeking a new trial for his client. But the motion was denied and Holtzclaw was sentenced as scheduled.

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Holtzclaw wept openly during his sentencing on Dec. 10. After the guilty verdict was read, he stared down the jury as he walked out and mouthed to his family, “I didn’t do it.”

After receiving his sentence on Thursday, Holtzclaw refused to answer reporters’ questions as he left the courtroom.