A judge on Thursday sentenced Daniel Holtzclaw, the former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping and sexually assaulting eight different women while on duty, to 263 years in prison – a resounding win for his victims, who had called for Holtzclaw to spend the maximum number of years behind bars. On 10 December, after 45 hours of deliberation, an all-white jury convicted Holtzclaw, 29, of assaulting eight of the women. They found Holtzclaw guilty of 18 criminal counts – five counts of rape and 13 other counts of sexual assault or sexual battery – out of a possible 36. The jury also recommended Holtzclaw serve 263 years in prison.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.