Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

Ex-MMA fighter gets 36 years to life in kidnap, beating case

Ex-MMA fighter gets 36 years to life in kidnap, beating case Ex-MMA fighter gets 36 years to life in kidnap, beating case
Vera Richards | 06 June, 2017, 05:19

The 35-year-old Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, who was convicted by a jury in March, will be eligible for parole in 36 years. His sentence includes the possibility of parole after 36 years, which would be at 71 years of age.

"I do know when he gets out, he will kill me", she said during Monday's sentencing hearing to district judge Elissa Cadish.

War Machine was under contract with Bellator MMA at the time of his arrest, but was immediately released following the incident.

"I would really like to say to everyone that they can trust in the justice system", Mack said. "I want them to know that there is justice out there".

Still, War Machine could faces up to life in prison for his crimes.

As Radar previously reported, Mack claimed that her ex-boyfriend walked in on her and a man named Corey Thomas on August 8, 2014.

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Koppenhaver hit Mack, left, in the ear with the handle of a kitchen knife, "sawed off" her Mohawk and beat her to the point of blacking out during the two-hour attack.

. She told the Huffington Post that she suffered 18 broken bones, a fractured rib, and a ruptured liver. The verdict came four days after Koppenhaver's attorney Jay Leiderman conceded his client's guilt on eight charges of domestic battery.

At the sentencing hearing, Mackinday testified in support of a life sentence.

"These circumstances are what has transformed me into a real man, how can I disrespect god by weeping over them?"

"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 said in a statement via ESPN.

Koppenhaver's lawyer argued this "charming back and forth" created a norm of consent that allowed the pro fighter to sexually assault or rape Ms Mackinday as "he believed it was okay".

"I hate that I had to hurt the woman I love, my family", Koppenhaver told the judge.

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