GUILTY! War Machine convicted on 29 counts for Christy Mack beating after rejecting plea deal

by Ellen Killoran

A deadlocked jury could not convict Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver of the most serious charge he was facing, reports the New York Daily News, but the Las Vegas jury did find him guilty on 29 other charges, including kidnapping and sexual assault.

The mixed martial arts fighter, known as “War Machine” entered his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack’s apartment in 2014 and brutally attacked her and her friend Corey Thomas, raping his ex.

Mack suffered multiple injuries, including a lacerated liver and a fractured eye socket along with temporarily disfiguring cuts and bruises on her face. She testified at the trial that War Machine had threatened to kill her.

Mack and War Machine’s relationship was tumultuous and sometimes violent. The MMA fighter reportedly began to resent his girlfriend’s job as a porn actress, and became abusive.

According to TMZ, War Machine, now his legal name, had previously rejected a plea deal that would have put him behind bars for between 18 and 40 years. His sentencing is set for June.


Ellen is a seasoned journalist and former media & entertainment reporter with a taste for true crime. Formerly a senior editor at IBTimes, her work has appeared in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Maxim, NYMag, Indiewire, and more. She co-produced the HBO documentary "Youth Knows No Pain" and appeared in a documentary series that aired alongside the Lifetime movie "Manson's Lost Girls."