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War Machine convicted of kidnapping, sexually assaulting Christy Mack as jury deadlocks on attempted murder charge

March 20, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
War Machine convicted of kidnapping, sexually assaulting Christy Mack as jury deadlocks on attempted murder charge

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MMA fighter War Machine has been convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his porn star ex-girlfriend. However, the jury reached a deadlock on whether he attempted to murder the woman.

On Monday, Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, also known as War Machine, was found guilty on 29 counts by a Las Vegas jury and is facing up to life behind bars when he is sentenced in June, Fox News reported.

The decision concludes a two-week trial for the 35-year-old MMA fighter, who legally changed his name to War Machine but used his birth name in court.

He reportedly attacked both his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas, who he beat up before he attacked Mack for two hours back in 2014.

Mack, who is 24-years-old, spent eight hours providing emotional testimony in court, stating that she was beaten, raped and threatened with death by her ex-boyfriend in the months leading up to the final assault.

The fighter’s lawyer Jay Leiderman agreed that his client was guilty of beating Mack during their time together, but said that he was not guilty of attempted murder and sexual assault.

Leiderman indicated that Mack, who was born Christine Mackinday, sent War Machine a topless picture before he caught her in bed with Thomas and that the fighter also experienced “roid rage” mood swings.

Mack sustained a lacerated liver in the incident along with a broken nose, teeth, and a fractured eye socket.

Koppenhaver was accused of telling Mack that he was going to kill her at one point during the altercation.

The jury started deliberations on Friday, but could not decide on a verdict for the attempted murder charges before they revealed their decisions on Monday.

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