Ex-Cop Gets 263 Years for Raping Women While on Patrol

His petition for a new trial was denied
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2016 6:19 PM CST
Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer who was convicted of raping and sexually victimizing eight women on his beat, was sentenced to 263 years in prison on Thursday.   (EDMOND SUN OUT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE OUT)

(Newser) – A former police officer accused of raping more than a dozen women while on patrol will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced to 263 years in prison on Thursday, NBC News reports. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was charged in 2014 and found guilty on 18 of 36 counts last month. According to CNN, Holtzclaw found his victims—ranging in age from 17 to 57—in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Oklahoma City and targeted them for their histories with drugs or prostitution, believing that would protect him from accusations.

During the trial, 13 women—all black—testified that Holtzclaw threatened to arrest them if they didn't have sex with him, NBC reports. According to the BBC, they felt their lives were in danger. Holtzclaw's attorney had petitioned for a new trial on Wednesday, claiming his client didn't get a fair trial due to evidence being withheld from the defense, NBC reports. That request was denied by the judge when Holtzclaw was sentenced. During the trial, Holtzclaw's attorney claimed his client was trying to help the victims, according to the BBC. (Read more Oklahoma City stories.)

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