Published December 10, 2015 by Zak Patterson (KOCO)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – After four days of jury deliberations, a verdict was reached in the sexual assault case of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw.
Holtzclaw, who turned 29 Thursday, was found guilty on 18 charges, which included rape, sexual battery and other charges.
The jury recommended 263 years in prison for Holtzclaw. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 21.
He was found not guilty on 18 charges.
Holtzclaw was accused of raping or sexually victimizing 13 women and was visibly sobbing as the verdict was read.
The victims said they met Holtzclaw while he was on duty, and prosecutors said the ex-officer intimidated them into not reporting his crimes.
Holtzclaw’s lawyer portrayed him as a model officer and questioned the credibility of the women who testified against him.
Holtzclaw was fired by the Oklahoma City Police Department in January after the allegations against him surfaced.
OCPD released the following statement about the verdict:
“The Oklahoma City Police Department is pleased with the jury’s decision regarding the Daniel Holtzclaw trial. It was a long and difficult trial and deliberation process for all involved. It is obvious the jury took their responsibilities very seriously and considered every piece of evidence presented to them.
We are proud of our detectives and prosecutors for a job well done.
To the jury, we thank you for your service.
We are satisfied with the jury’s decision and firmly believe justice was served.”Follow @FortySixNews