War Machine sentenced to 36 years in prison

June 8, 2017

On Monday, War Machine received a 36 year-to-life sentence for the 2014 sexual assault and beating of ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and her boyfriend.  In March, a jury found the former Jon Koppenhaver guilty of 29 charges in the assaults and deadlocked on two charges of attempted-murder.

War Machine will have the possibility of parole after 36 years served.  He would be 71 years old when he will be eligible.

At the hearing, Christy Mack was able to testify at the sentencing prior to rendering of the sentence.  Machine had turned down to plea offers, one for 16 years to life and another for 18 to 40 years.  Instead, he decide to take the case to trial.

In an interview with MMA Junkie, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson indicated that the message of the sentencing is that “domestic violence is unacceptable.”  Based on the nature of the crime, War Machine’s disrespect in court, Wolfson indicated that the harsh sentence was warranted.

Machine’s attorneys plan to appeal the decision.

4 Responses to “War Machine sentenced to 36 years in prison”

  1. Wil on June 9th, 2017 11:24 AM

    they are going to have to keep him in seg…..

  2. Bully4m4e on June 10th, 2017 2:14 AM

    Being offered 16 to life was a GIFT!!! In a highly publicized trial where the victim was tortured, beaten with many many injuries, some life threatening. How could War Machine possibly think he’d be found innocent or even get a lighter sentence? Not like this was a one time thing and he didn’t beat her on many occasions.

    Not that I’m a big believer in deals. Where there is a good amount of time served and much more time to come if the convicted doesn’t straighten up in prison. This I don’t have as much an issue with. Only for the victim’s sake. Seeing him in court and having to relive what happened must have been terrible for her. You know the defense is going to ask harsh questions trying to embarrass and confuse Mack and trip her up.

    Not sure how the attempted murder charges didn’t stick. IMO you do that to someone , have them tied up, do whatever ungodly things he did to her. He would eventually realize he screwed up bad during this and see no way out but to kill her and himself. Don’t forget she escaped, if she hadn’t how much more would he have done? Does anyone know why the attempted Murder charges were not a guilty too?

  3. d on June 10th, 2017 9:16 AM

    I think the most alarming part of this is the penalty issue where kidnapping and assault is a more harsh sentence than literally murder often is.

    Without question he should get serious time, but 36 years before a parole hearing? That’s crazy considering non pre-meditated murderers typically are up for parole after 25.

  4. Diego on June 13th, 2017 9:12 AM

    d – I think it’s his lack of remorse. He still thinks he’s innocent and that he’s the real victim and he’s said as much to the judge before sentencing. Not a good idea.

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