Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

War Machine found guilty on 29 charges in Christy Mack case

War Machine found guilty on 29 charges in Christy Mack case

MMA fighter War Machine has been convicted of kidnapping, battering and sexually assaulting his former porn star girlfriend Christy Mack.

On March 16, Koppenhaver's attorney Jay Leiderman conceded his client's guilt on eight charges of domestic battery, including the admission that Koppenhaver punched Mack, choked her, broke her teeth, punctured her lung and according to Mack's testimony over her eight hours on the stand, "sawed off" her hair with a knfie. She told jurors of the abuse at the hands of Koppenhaver had occurred over a period of months and on the night of the assault she "genuinely felt [she] was going to die", per David Ferrara of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Koppenhaver did not testify during his two-week trial. "'Now I have to take you out to the desert and kill you'".

But he was convicted on 29 counts connected to the horrific attack and could face life in prison. He also acknowledged that Koppenhaver threatened Thomas with violence if the latter went to the police.

War Machine will remain behind bars until his sentencing.

Koppenhaver did not testify in his defense.

Mack said that after Thomas left, Koppenhaver turned his rage on her. "I would watch him inject himself", she said (via the New York Post). I don't know [why] I'm so cursed. She also suffered a lacerated liver.

Mack said she fled her home and ran bleeding to neighbors when Koppenhaver went to the kitchen to fetch a knife.

Leiderman described both Koppenhaver and Mack as "damaged people", and claimed that she had rape fantasies and had asked her former boyfriend to surprise her.

Mackinday, 24, said she was knocked unconscious and woke up on the floor of her bathroom.

Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver could face life in state prison if he's found guilty of the top counts, including kidnapping and sexual assault, in the beating of Christy Mack and Corey Thomas.

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