‘War Machine’ sentenced to life in prison


Former MMA fighter War Machine, also known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, was sentenced Monday morning to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 36 years.

Koppenhaver was sentenced on 29 counts, including battery, sexual assault and kidnapping.

Koppenhaver attacked his former girlfriend adult actress Christine Mackinday, who uses the screen name, Christy Mack, and her friend Corey Thomas in Aug. 2014.

Mack suffered a lacerated liver, broken facial bones, broken teeth and leg injuries. She was eventually able to escape and run to a neighbor’s and call for help. Thomas was also beaten and suffered injuries.

During the sentencing, Mackinday asked the judge to use her case to send a message to other abusers and victims. She told the judge she believed Koppenhaver would kill her once he is released from prison.

“I’ve been punched kicked smothered bitten, raped and tortured,” Mackinday said. “He would hit me or smother me until I stopped crying or I passed out. 

Mackinday’s mother, Erin Mackinday, said she will probably never know half of what happened to her daughter.

“He hurt my baby. I don’t know how many times he abused my daughter and carried on like nothing was wrong,” she said.

Judge Elissa Cadish said she was grateful it had not become a murder case.

Koppenhaver’s attorney, Jay Liederman said, Koppenhaver had suffered childhood abuse and hates women because of his mother. He mentioned an incident where his mother used his scholarship money to buy cocaine.

Liederman said Koppenhaver had been a model prisoner and found religion and remorse while in custody.

“I hate that I had to hurt the woman I love, my family,” Koppenhaver told the judge.

Prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth laid out a history of violence committed by Koppenhaver before the 2014 incident involving Mackinday. She said, his childhood abuse did not excuse his violent behavior.

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