Jonathan Koppenhaver will take his war to prison for the next 35 or so years.
Koppenhaver, who had his name legally changed to War Machine — as you do — when he began his MMA career, was sentenced today to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 36 years. He was convicted by a Nevada judge in March of kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack, and assaulting her boyfriend at her home in 2014. New York Post:
Prior to being formally sentenced, Koppenhaver addressed the court, saying he regretted the attack every day and that something was “not right” in his head, “plain and simple.”
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t seriously regret all of the things that I did,” Koppenhaver said. “I was a very, very lost and very empty person.”
The sentence was actually more than the prosecution requested (32 years to life). As it is he won’t be eligible for parole until he’s 71, by which time he’ll either be Brooks Hatlen (The Shawshank Redemption), Pop (The Longest Yard) or Aaron Hernandez (RIP). Nevada judges, boy … ask O.J.
Keep in mind that Mr. Machine turned down two different plea deals – one for 16 years to life and another for 18 to 40 years – in favor of a jury trial. Another of his great decisions.