Oklahoma City cop accused of raping black women to serve 263 years

Daniel Holtzclaw took advantage of his authority as a cop.
(Image credit: REUTERS/Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters)

Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was sentenced Thursday to a full 263 years in prison for a series of rapes and sexual assaults against black women. Holtzclaw was charged in December on 18 separate counts of rape, sexual battery, forcible sodomy, and procuring lewd exposure; 13 different women, all black, came forward as accusers.

"[Holtzclaw] didn't choose CEOs or soccer moms. He chose women he could count on not telling what he was doing. He counted on the fact no one would believe them and no one would care," Prosecutor Lori McConnell said in her closing arguments.

"The trauma affected every aspect of my being. I ask he receive the entire 263 years," one victim said before the sentencing.

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