Former MMA fighter War Machine was yesterday sentenced to life in prison after the kidnapping, sexually assaulting and beating of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack in 2014.
War Machine had gone on the rampage after discovering Mack in bed with another man, Corey Thomas, and in a terrifying ordeal would beat Mack black-and-blue, leaving her with a broken nose, fractured eye socket and rib, missing teeth and a lacerated liver to name but a few of her many injuries.
In total, War Machine was found guilty of 29 charges in relation to the attack and would not be eligible for parole for 36 years, by which time he would be 71-years-old. He had previously turned down a deal that would have seen him have the potential to be released in 16 years.
However, he was found not-guilty on three charges of burglary with use of a deadly weapon, sexually motivated coercion, and battery with intent to commit sexual assault, while the Las Vegas jury did not come to a decision on two counts of attempted murder and attempted murder with a deadly weapon, which means that the defense is now looking for a new trial.
However, in a victim-impact statement, Mack fought through tears as she stated that, “I don’t know if my life will feel complete in 12 or 20 or even 30 years, and neither do you. But I do know that when he gets out, he will kill me.”
War Machine also gave a statement in which he admitted that he deeply regrets what he did.
“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,” Koppenhaver told the court.
“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 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.”