For about six months, Holtzclaw preyed on women — all African-American — in one of Oklahoma’s poorest neighborhoods, exploiting his police badge to intimidate them into keeping quiet.
Prosecutors say the Oklahoma City officer selected his victims based on their criminal histories, figuring their drug or prostitution records would undermine any claims they might make against him.
Then, he would subject them to assaults that escalated from groping to oral sodomy and rape.
He was also happy to assault women during traffic stops and girls who were sitting at home.
On Thursday, his 29th birthday, Holtzclaw rocked back and forth in his chair, sobbing, as the judge read the verdict.
Never has the phrase “Boo fucking hoo” been more appropriate. No word on whether his tears were bottled and served to his 13 victims. Or 13 known victims.
Holtzclaw was found guilty on 18 of 36 counts.
The jurors recommended a total of 263 years of prison time for Holtzclaw’s crimes. Formal sentencing is set for next month.
It’s a start.