OKLAHOMA – After Daniel Holtzclaw‘s verdict was handed down, there were tears of joy and sadness shed inside the Oklahoma County Courthouse.
As Holtzcalw walked out of the courtroom crying, others were praying and singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.
“This is what we waited patiently for – knowing that the outcome would be this,” said Robin Leake, a supporter of the victims. “I mean the years. You might as well say ‘life.’ You know with what he was given, the number of years he was given.”
Outside the courthouse, a victim’s mother said she was not satisfied.
“I’m sure that they’re going to run it together, so he won’t see nothing but 30 years, and that’s not fair to us. It’s not fair to my daughter. It’s not fair to any of the victims or the people of our community,” said Latonya James, a victim’s mother.
Some say true justice will only come if Holtzclaw spends the rest of his life in prison.
“Now, we wait for the formal sentencing,” said Grace Franklin, with OKC Artists for Justice. “We can move forward, try to move forward and deal with some additional questions about the police department monitoring other officers, but this had to be done first.”