Convicted Rapist Daniel Holtzclaw on Suicide Watch in Jail: Report

Daniel Holtzclaw cries during reading of the verdict against him.
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Convicted rapist Daniel Holtzclaw, who was found guilty of 18 out of the 36 charges he faced, including four counts of rape in the first degree and four counts of forced oral sodomy, is reportedly under suicide watch, KFOR reported Friday

Prosecutors accused the former Oklahoma City officer of selecting his victims, all of them black women, based on their backgrounds and criminal history, believing that their drug or prostitution records would undermine any allegations against him. 


On Thursday, Holtzclaw's 29th birthday, he was found guilty, and by Friday he was under suicide watch in the Oklahoma County jail, where he awaits formal sentencing. According to Sheriff John Whetsel, a deputy or detention officer is sitting outside his cell to monitor him. 

Holtzclaw is facing some 263 years in prison for his crimes.

"We're going to ask the judge to make sure that this defendant never sees the light of day," District Attorney David Prater said, according to Fox 6 Now. "And we're going to ask him to run consecutive, every count."


As Fox 6 Now notes, Holtzclaw's former employer, the Oklahoma City Police Department, said that it was "satisfied" with the jury's decision, adding that "justice was served." 

Oklahoma City NAACP President Garland Pruitt, however, is waiting the actual sentencing in January before declaring that justice has been served, noting that "the system has a reputation of not being fair," Fox 6 Now notes.


Read more at KFOR and Fox 6 Now

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