Former Oklahoma policeman sentenced to 263 years for raping four women

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Ex-Cop Daniel Holtzclaw Could Face 263 Years In Jail For Raping Multiple Black Women While On Duty

A former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping four women and sexually assaulting several others while he was on duty was sentenced on Thursday to 263 years in prison, the maximum allowable sentence.

In December, an Oklahoma City jury found Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, guilty on 18 of 36 charges of sexual assault, including rape. The sentence was given by District Judge Timothy Henderson and came after victims told the court on Thursday that the former officer had destroyed their lives.

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Prosecutors said Holtzclaw preyed on women who had trouble with the law and forced them into sex, hoping their word would not hold up against his in court.

"I so desperately want my life back - the life I had before he took it away," Jannie Ligons, one of the victims of Holtzclaw, told the court in an impact statement.

The judge denied a defense motion filed a day earlier seeking a new trial.

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Former Oklahoma policeman sentenced to 263 years for raping four women
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, stands with his attorneys Robert Gray, left, and Scott Adams, during his sentencing in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was convicted of raping and sexually victimizing several women on his beat. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, listens as Gayland Gieger, right, Oklahoma County assistant district attorney, speaks during Holtzclaw's sentencing hearing in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was convicted of raping and sexually victimizing several women on his beat. At left is defense attorney Scott Adams. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, right, cries as the verdicts are read in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. At left is defense attorney Robert Gray. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, right, looks at the jury as he is escorted from the courtroom after the verdicts in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, puts his head on the table and cries as the verdicts are read in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. At left is defense attorney Robert Gray and at right is defense attorney Scott Adams. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Eric Holtzclaw, left, holds his wife, Kumiko Holtzclaw, right, as the verdicts are read in the trial of their son, Daniel Holtzclaw, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
Protestors carry signs outside the courthouse as the jury deliberates in the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Holtzclaw is a former police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women in the neighborhood he patrolled. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Protestors carry signs outside the courthouse as the jury deliberates in the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Holtzclaw is a former police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women in the neighborhood he patrolled. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, left, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is pictured in a courtroom along with his attorney, Scott Adams, second from right, for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw is pictured in a courtroom during his trial in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw is led from a courtroom during a break in testimony in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, is escorted from a courtroom in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw listens to testimony as prosecutors continue their case in the second week of his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, right, is escorted to a courtroom in Oklahoma City, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, for jury selection in his trial. Holtzclaw is a former Oklahoma City police officer facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, front, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is led into a courtroom for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is pictured in a courtroom during a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, front, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is led into a courtroom in handcuffs for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Daniel Holtzclaw, center, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is led into a courtroom for a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
This Aug. 21, 2014 photo made available by the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office shows Daniel K. Holtzclaw. The 27-year-old Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond after being accused of committing a series of sexual assaults against at least six women while on duty. (AP Photo/Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, provided by the Oklahoma Police Dept., Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw stands next to his vehicle. Holtzclaw, 27, who was a star football player in high school and college, is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops and investigators are looking into whether there are more victims. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Police Dept., File)
DETROIT - 2009: Daniel Holtzclaw of the Detroit Lions poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by NFL Photos)
Daniel Holtzclaw covers his face after the verdicts were read in his trial in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, was facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on a number of counts. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)
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Thirteen women testified against the former officer at his trial last year, describing encounters in which Holtzclaw forced his victims to perform sexual acts on him.

Holtzclaw sexually abused multiple women between December 2013 and June 2014, targeting victims from a poorer, mostly African-American area of Oklahoma City, prosecutors said.

Holtzclaw, who did not testify at his trial, was fired over the accusations in January 2015 after approximately three years on the job.

He broke down in tears when he was found guilty, telling jurors "I didn't do it," as he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

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