Domestic violence

MMA fighter sentenced to life in prison for assaulting Christy Mack

MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka War Machine, is seen in a police booking photo after being arrested and extradited from Simi Valley Police Department to the Clark County Detention Center to await a court hearing for brutally assaulting his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack on August 30, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)

In August of 2014, adult film star Christy Mack was viciously beaten by her ex-boyfriend, the MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver. The story of her assault went viral after she posted photos of her injuries on social media, offering vivid testimony of the brutality of domestic violence. Koppenhaver, who legally changed his name to War Machine, was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and beating Mack.

Back in March, a Las Vegas jury found the fighter guilty of 29 felonies, according to The Guardian. War Machine was accused of breaking into Mack’s house, beating Mack and her friend, and attempting to rape Mack before she escaped. He broke Mack’s teeth and bones, ruptured her liver, and caused a massive thigh bruise that rendered her immobile.

During War Machine’s sentencing hearing, Mack told District Judge Elissa Cadish that she believed her former boyfriend would kill her if he were ever released from prison. “I don’t know if my life will feel complete in 12 years or 30 years and neither do you,” she said, “but I do know when he gets out he will kill me.”

War Machine attributed his crimes to anxiety and depression, and expressed remorse in a statement to the court. “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,” he said. “And to top it off, something’s not right with my head.”

Now 35 years old, War Machine will be eligible for parole when he is 71.

Read more at the The Guardian.


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