War Machine convicted on 29 out of 34 charges; hung jury on attempted murder

LAS VEGAS - A jury convicted War Machine Monday of 29 out of the 34 charges he faced. The former mixed martial arts fighter was charged with the attempted murder, sex assault and attack on his ex-girlfriend Christine Mackinday in August 2014.  

He was accused of threatening her friend Corey Thomas as well.

War Machine whose birth name is Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver went by his birth name during the two-week trial, but he legally changed it to War Machine during his 19-fight MMA career.

The jurors were deadlocked on the attempted murder charges, and they found War Machine not guilty on three other charges.

Defense attorney Jay Leiderman had conceded Koppenhaver's guilt on eight lesser domestic battery charges, including punching and injuring Mackinday.

"Well next is, you know, a motion for a new trial, preparation for sentencing," Leiderman said.  "We have to confirm issues that we set for appeal. There's still a lot of work to be done in this case.

The prosecution seemed pleased with the outcome of the trial.

"They've never been able to get out of this cloud, so now with there being finality to it, they can kind of start to move on and start to really put this behind them," said Jacqueline Bluth, Clark County Prosecutor.  "It's really hard for victims when these cases take years and years."

War Machine's sentencing is set for June 5 at 8:30 a.m. He could face life in prison.


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