Ex-MMA fighter gets 36 years to life in kidnap, beating case

Mandy Carr
June 6, 2017

He had found Mack and Thomas together in her bedroom.

Mack told District Judge Elissa Cadish on Monday that she still fears for her life.

Mackinday, most known by her porn actress stage name Christy Mack, spoke at the sentencing hearing and said she believes Koppenhaver would kill her when he gets out of jail. Mack suffered numerous injuries during the attack including 18 broken bones, broken nose, missing teeth, rib fractures and a ruptured liver.

On Friday, War Machine's attorney pled guilty to eight lesser domestic battery charges in the hopes that it would lessen the punishment. She said Koppenhaver attempted to rape her at knifepoint, but was unable to do so, and then chopped off her hair. Christine Mackinday, right, ex-girlfriend of former mixed martial arts fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka War Machine, comforted by prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth after delivering her victim-impact state.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't seriously regret all of the things that I did", said War Machine. "I was a very, very lost, very empty person", Koppenhaver added in his statement.

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Mack testified during a two-week trial that she was clothed in bed with Thomas - who told jurors he had been dating Mack for about two months at the time - when Koppenhaver stormed into her home and assaulted the couple.

Meanwhile, his attorney, Jay Leiderman, tried unsuccessfully to lobby for a new trial, claiming that it was a case of "blind rage" and that he had insufficient time to prepare for the case.

Jonathan Koppenhaver, 35, offered an apology full of self-loathing on Monday and said he'd tried to kill himself, but that he has turned to religion while behind bars.

After his conviction in March, Koppenhaver said he was happy about his possible life in prison. He also invited Mack to visit him in prison. She had to undergo plastic surgery to correct some of the damage.

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