Former Oklahoma City Police Officer Breaks Down in Tears as He's Found Guilty of Rape
Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty of 18 of the 36 counts he faced
It was an emotional scene on Thursday in Oklahoma when a judge read Daniel Holtzclaw his verdict.
The former Oklahoma City police officer was found guilty on 18 of the 36 counts he faced – all of which were sex crimes – according to multiple reports.
While Holtzclaw, 29, was visibly shaken, crying loudly and rocking in his chair as the verdict was read, the Oklahoma City Police Department were “satisfied” with the decision, CNN reports.
“We are satisfied with the jury’s decision and firmly believe justice was served,” the department said.
According to NBC, Holtzclaw was originally charged with 36 counts of rape, forcible oral sodomy, burglary and other charges. After over 40 hours of deliberation, jurors found him guilty of 18 counts of sexual battery, rape and other offenses.
Formal sentencing is scheduled for next month, but the suggested sentences from the jury add up to over 260 years and District Attorney David Prater is requesting that those sentences be served back to back, NBC reports.
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“We’re gonna ask the judge to make sure that this defendant never sees the light of day,” Prater said.
CNN also made note of the racial overtones involved in the case, as Holtzclaw’s father is white, his mother is Japanese and court records identify him as “Asian or Pacific Islander,” but all of his victims were 13 black females ranging in age from 17 to women in their 50s.
All 12 members of the jury – eight men and four women – appeared to be white, NBC reports.
Benjamin Crump, president of the National Bar Association, reportedly said at an earlier date in the trial that justice would be served, regardless of race.
“We will be here to make sure that this is not swept under the rug,” Crump said. “We come here to stand with these 13 victims of rape, who happen to be African-American women, to say that their lives matter too.”
Prosecutors reportedly accused Holtzclaw of preying on economically disadvantaged women in one of the state’s poorest neighborhood, by using his badge to force victims to heed to his escalating crimes that went from groping to rape.
In addition, it’s reported that he promised the victims – who all had a history of drug-related crimes – to drop a charge against them if they didn’t report him.