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War Machine Convicted on 29 Counts in Assault of Ex-Girlfriend, Man

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In this handout photo provided by the Simi Valley Police Department, MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka War Machine, is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest for brutally assaulting his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack on Aug. 15, 2014, in Simi Valley, California. (Simi Valley Police Department via Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017 01:06 PM

War Machine, the former mixed martial arts fighter, was convicted Monday by a Las Vegas jury of 29 counts in connection with an August 2014 attack on his ex-girlfriend and another man.

Jonathan Koppenhaver, 35, was convicted of sexual assault and first-degree kidnapping among other charges in the attack on Christine Mackinday, a former porn star also known as Christy Mack, and Corey Thomas.

The jury, though, deadlocked on two counts of attempted murder, but Koppenhaver still could get a life sentence, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

"Today was a great victory for myself, as well as victims of (domestic violence) everywhere. Please continue to speak out, and stay strong," Mackinday posted on Twitter. "Thank you all for your support through the years, please continue to support others in similar situations, and believe them."

Koppenhaver's attorney Jay Leiderman told the Review-Journal he plans to file a motion for a new trial and appeal the jury’s decision.

"Jon's going to need a little time to process this," Leiderman said, noted the newspaper. "It's a really difficult day for him. I can't even begin to tell you what he's thinking. He's a tough guy. He stood up there, and he took the verdicts, but he's got a long time now to have this sink in."

Mackinday, 24, recounted her encounter with her ex-boyfriend in August 2014, stating during eight hours on the witness stand that she was beaten and raped by him, according to The Associated Press.

Thomas, who owns a digital media company, said in his testimony that Koppenhaver arrived when he was with Mackinday and he began punching him and choked him, the AP reported. Thomas stated he suffered a broken nose, dislocated shoulder, scrapes, bruises, and bite marks in the attack.

Prosecutors showed the jury photos of Mackinday with a broken nose, missing teeth, fractured eye socket and leg injuries. She also suffered a lacerated liver. Mack told the jury she ran to a neighbor's home when Koppenhaver allegedly went to the kitchen to grab a knife.

Koppenhaver was arrested in California about a week after the attack, and had been serving time in a Nevada prison for violating terms of his parole following a 2009 conviction for attempted battery of another woman. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 5.

Koppenhaver debuted with Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2007, compiling a 14-5 record as a welterweight and legally changed his name to War Machine, noted the AP. He has not fought since 2013 and was dropped by his promoter and clothing line after the attack.

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