Las Vegas jury convicts War Machine of sexual assault

Nick Mcbride
March 21, 2017

MMA fighter War Machine has been found guilty of twenty-nine felony counts relating to his 2014 domestic violence assault on ex-girlfriend Christy Mack.

War Machine was being tried in Las Vegas for his attack on Mack, his ex-girlfriend, and a man she was with at the time, Corey Thomas.

Koppenhaver, 35, was acquitted of burglary with a deadly weapon, sexually-motivated coercion and battery with intent to commit sexual assault.

Koppenhaver could face life behind bars.

Koppenhaver was arrested August 18, 2014 after spending 10 days on the run. Las Vegas detective Daniel Tomaino testified that he "couldn't understand what she was saying but it was because she didn't have teeth".

The Associated Press normally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Mack gave AP permission to use her name.

Thomas testified that he suffered a broken nose, dislocated shoulder, scrapes, bruises and bite marks.

Prosecutors Jacqueline Bluth and Robert Stephens said they were happy with the verdict.

Mack, who consented to using her name in previous reports, subsequently released a statement with gruesome details of the incident and photos of her injuries, which included broken teeth, a fractured rib, and a severely ruptured liver.

Two charges of attempted murder left the jury hung after deliberation and the judge in the case declared a mistrial on both counts.

"He nearly beat her to death and he threw a dog blanket on her as she was convulsing from a lacerated liver".

Mack said she fled her home and ran bleeding to neighbors when Koppenhaver went to the kitchen to fetch a knife.

Koppenhaver was arrested a week later in the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley, and was returned to Nevada. The former "Ultimate Fighter" competitor could be sent to life without the possibility of parole as a result of the conviction. His final fight was in 2013.

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