After more than 45 hours of deliberation, a jury has found former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty of rape.

Although Holtzclaw faced 36 charges which ranged from indecent exposure and forcible sodomy to rape, he was convicted on 18 of the counts, including four convictions for first degree rape.

The jury began weighing Holtzclaw’s fate Monday evening, but as deliberations stretched on, many worried he would not be held accountable for his crimes. However, as the jury delivered its verdict late Thursdays night, Holtzclaw openly sobbed.

A judge will formally sentence  Holtzclaw on January 21st, but the jury recommended the former police officer receive 263 years in prison.

In a twist of irony, Holtzclaw learned he’d been found guilty on his 29th birthday, and a few of the victims’ supporters sang happy birthday in celebration.

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