War Machine, the former mixed martial arts fighter convicted of assaulting ex-girlfriend Christy Mack, was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison, Nevada District Judge Elissa Cadish ruled in Las Vegas Monday.
War Machine, also known by birth name Jonathan Koppenhaver, said he regretted badly beating Mack on Aug. 15, 2015, but he is "finally able to manage whatever the hell is going on" inside his head, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
"Not a day goes by that I don't seriously regret what I did," Koppenhaver, 35, told the judge, according to the Review-Journal. "I hated the way I think. I hated my impulses. … I hate myself."
In March, a Las Vegas jury convicted Koppenhaver of more than two dozen charges, including sexual assault and first-degree kidnapping. Corey Thomas, who was at Mack's home the night of the attack, asked the judge to consider Koppenhaver’s violent past, which prosecutors said dated to 2002, according to the newspaper.
Mack, a former adult film actress whose real name is Christine Mackinday, suffered a lacerated liver, a broken nose, two lost teeth and a fractured rib, according to the New York Daily News. Thomas sustained a broken nose, dislocated shoulder, scrapes, bruises and bite marks, CBS Sports reported.
She charged that Koppenhaver repeatedly hit her in the ear with the handle of a kitchen knife, "sawed off" her Mohawk and beat her to the point of blacking out during the two-hour attack, the Daily News said.
"I don't know how much time in prison would make me feel right," Mackinday told Judge Cadish in a statement, reported the Review-Journal. "But I do know that when he gets out he will kill me."
Koppenhaver's attorney Jay Leiderman failed in his arguments first for a new trial and then for a lighter sentence of 16 years to life, reported the Review-Journal. He told the judge that his client suffered from physical and emotional abuse as a child.
"We're devastated about today, but we feel good about an appeal," Leiderman told the Review-Journal after sentencing.
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