Ex-MMA Fighter War Machine Sentenced To Life In Prison For Brutally Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend Christy Mack
Back in 2014, former mixed martial arts fighter War Machine (Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver) was arrested for beating, sexually assaulting and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack, at her home in Las Vegas.
It was a brutal crime, and in March of this year, a jury convicted Koppenhaver. The jurors deadlocked on two attempted-murder counts but convicted him of over 25 felony and misdemeanor charges.
And on Monday, the judge working the case handed Koppenhaver his sentence. He will be getting 36 years to life in a Nevada state prison. He will be eligible for parole in 36 years. He will be 71-years-old. Mack was not completely happy with the sentencing, she told the court, “I do know that when he gets out, he will kill me.”
But according to Koppenhaver, he’s a changed man. He has found God and wants to be a role model in prison. In his statement to the court on Monday, he said:
“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. 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 of 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.”
Back in January, the former fighter tried to hang himself in jail, but that was before he found God. According to his statement, his new view of life came after reading two books by Lee Strobel that “used history and science to prove Jesus is real.”