UFC Veteran War Machine Sentenced for Assault on Christy Mack
The whirlwind courtroom saga of War Machine, also known as Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, has finally come to a close this week. War Machine faced court for the 2014 sexual assault and abuse he committed against his ex-girlfriend, adult film actress Christine Mackinday, also known as Christy Mack.
The former fighter, who has fought in the cage for world class mixed martial arts promotions such as the UFC and Bellator attacked his former girlfriend and her then-boyfriend Corey Thomas after breaking into Mackinday’s house to find the two together. War Machine then proceeded to choke and punch Thomas, before turning his attention to Mackinday, who suffered broken ribs, a fractured eye socket, a lacerated liver and two missing teeth over the course of the two-hour attack.
War Machine was given six separate life sentences for his 29 charges by Judge Elissa Cadish and is eligible for parole in 2053 after serving 36 years at the age of 71. He later spoke with ESPN, saying “I should have killed myself by now… There’s no reason right now that I shouldn’t be in the dirt right now laying next to Aaron Hernandez.”
“Not a day goes by that I don’t seriously regret all those things that I did. I was a very, very lost, very empty person,” said War Machine. “And to top it off, something’s not right with my head. Plain and simple. I’ve known that a long time and I’ve hated it. I’ve hated the way that I think. I’ve hated my impulses. Half the time, I don’t know why I do some the things I do. And some of the times I do things and I don’t even feel like I did them until it’s already done.”
Judge Cadish later spoke to MMAFighting.com, saying “There were many points along the way that should have been red flags that something had to change. I’m just grateful that we don’t have a murder case on our hands… As an adult, it’s up to you to address the issues that you had and certainly, as you know, it’s not appropriate to take it out on these other people around you.”
War Machine refused two plea deals earlier that may have led to a shorter stay in prison but instead decided to go to trial.