Ex-MMA War Machine Sentenced to Life For Kidnapping & Beating Ex-GF Christy Mack

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Former MMA fighter War Machine has been sentenced to life for terrorizing his ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack & a friend in August of 2014.

Machine, real name Johnathon Koppenhaver, got the book thrown at him in court Monday, after being convicted of 29 felonies stemming from assaulting Mack & Corey Thomas in March. He was also found guilty of the two most serious charges: kidnapping & sexual assault with a weapon.

After his conviction, Koppenhaver seemed to view his looming lifelong incarceration as a positive, sharing his thoughts of the possibility on his Twitter page:

“Would you believe me, though, if I said that I have nothing but joy inside, even now as I am sure to receive some type of life sentence? It’s true. Often times I have heard men in neighboring cells go to their cells and cry after receiving such news, but how can I? How can I cry tears of sorrow over the circumstances responsible for saving my soul?” “These circumstances are what has transformed me into a real man, how can I disrespect god by weeping over them? How much is a soul worth? Is a life sentence too high a price? Not at all, I gladly trade this false life in for the real one to come; I have been nothing but blessed by all of this.”

Clark County district attorney Steven Wolfson spoke with the New York Daily News about his feelings on the harsh ruling:

“I expected a stiff sentence because this is a violent guy who committed violent acts with a violent history,” he said. “This sends a pretty strong message.”

War Machine will be up for parole in 36 years.

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  1. Alot of people in such violent or physical sports have alot of rage. These sports are often provide an outlet for such anger or misguided rage, but for some….theyll never escape it. And its sad but its what he deserves

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