Ex-MMA fighter War Machine convicted of 29 counts in kidnapping, assault of ex-girlfriend
Former MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, also known as War Machine, was found guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend bya Las Vegas juryon Monday.
Jurors deadlocked on two attempted-murder charges,but Koppenhaver wasconvicted on 29 other counts related tothe beating and sexualassault ofChristine Mackinday, who goes by her adult film name Christy Mack, in August 2014.
Coercion, dissuading a witness, battery by strangulation, kidnapping and sexual assault wereamong the 29 charges on which the former fighter was found guilty.
Koppenhaver was also found guilty of assaulting a male, Corey Thomas, who was in Mack’s apartment the day of the attack. He could face up to life in prison.
Koppenhaver, who will be sentenced in June,went by his birth name during the trial. He legally changed it to War Machine during his 19-fight MMA career.
Duringtestimony,Mackinday alleged Koppenhaverabused andsexually assaultedher during the incident. She suffereda broken nose, missing teeth, fractured eye socket, leg injuries and a lacerated liver. She claimsKoppenhaver cut some of her wigs before inserting aknife in her ear andthreatening to kill her, and sayshegroped,raped her and kickedher in the ribs.
Mackinday, 24, said she was knocked unconscious and woke upon the floor of her bathroom. She said she then ran from her house naked to a neighbors’ home after hearing Koppenhaver rummaging through drawers in her kitchen for another knife after his first knife broke.
Koppenhaver'sattorney conceded his client was guilty of beating Mackindayduring their relationship, but said that he was not guilty of attempted murder and sexual assault charges. The defense team also claimed the fighter suffered from brain injuries from his MMA career and could have had"roid rage" at the time.