Former MMA Fighter War Machine Gets Life Sentence For 2014 Beating Of Ex-Girlfriend
Former MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, who went by the moniker "War Machine," was given a life sentence Monday for the brutal 2014 beating of his ex-girlfriend Christine Mackinday (also known as Christy Mack). The sentence includes a possibility of parole after 36 years.
The 35-year-old Koppenhaver was convicted on March 20 of more than two dozen charges that included sexual assault and first-degree kidnapping. The jury was deadlocked on charges of attempted murder and attempted murder with use of a deadly weapon, reports NBC 3 Las Vegas.
In court on Monday, Mackinday told District Judge Elissa Cadish that she'd suffered repeated abuse from Koppenhaver during their 15-month relationship, and that she fears he'll attack her once again if he's let free. "I do know that when he gets out he will kill me," said Mackinday, according to TMZ.
The charges stem from an incident on August 8, 2014, a few months after Mackinday and Koppenhaver had ended their relationship. Mackinday said in a later Twitter post that Koppenhaver had arrived at her Las Vegas home unannounced at two in the morning. He first attacked a male acquaintance that was at Mackinday's house, then turned his attention to her after he'd sent the friend away. "He made me undress and shower in front of him, then dragged me out and beat my face. I have no recollection of how many times I was hit," said Mackinday. She added that her injuries included 18 broken bones, a broken nose, and a ruptured liver. She was unable to walk or chew food for a period of time after the assault. Koppenhaver was later arrested in Simi Valley about a week after the incident.
In the following court proceedings, Koppenhaver and his lawyers made the baffling claim that Mackinday's past work as an adult film performer had somehow implied consent for the beating. Attorneys said that Mackinday's work had engendered "desire, the preference, the acceptability towards a particular form of sex activities that were outside of the norm."