Former Mixed Martial Arts Fighter “War Machine” Found Guilty Of 29 Counts By A Las Vegas Jury
by 20 March 2017, 8:47 PM
Jon Koppenhaver, known throughout the MMA world as “War Machine” was found guilty of 29 of the 34 counts he was accused of Monday. The charges stem from assaults against his former girlfriend and adult film star, Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas in 2014.
Of the charges facing him, Koppenhaver’s most serious include kidnapping and sexual assault with a weapon, each carrying a potential life sentence without parole. The jury deadlocked on two attempted murder charges and found him not guilty of burglary with use of a deadly weapon, sexually motivated coercion, battery with intent to commit sexual assault, and sexual assault with use of a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm.
Thomas, a digital media company owner, testified that he dated Mack for two months before Koppenhaver, 35, arrived at her home and attacked the pair while they were in bed. He suffered a broken nose, dislocated shoulder, scrapes, bruises and bite marks.
Prosecutors Jacqueline Bluth and Robert Stephens were pleased with the verdict.
“I think what was important to Ms. Mackinday was that the jury believed her in regards to previous conduct that she never reported,” Bluth said. “What that says to domestic violence victims is that even if you don’t report it right away, a jury can still believe you.”
Mackinday, 24, suffered 18 broken bones, including fractured rib, broken nose, and a ruptured liver.
Koppenhaver had a 14-5 record as a welterweight and legally changed his name to War Machine, with his last fight occurring in 2013. Sentencing is expected on June 5.