Ex-MMA fighter gets 36 years to life in kidnap, beating case

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The former mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison for kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting his porn actress ex-girlfriend and attacking her male friend at her Las Vegas home in 2014.

Jonathan Koppenhaver, 35, offered an apology full of self-loathing on Monday and said he'd tried to kill himself, but that he has turned to religion while behind bars.

He'll be 71 before he's eligible for parole in the attacks on Christy Mack and Corey Thomas.

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 and has spoken publicly about her experience with domestic violence.

Defense attorney Jay Leiderman says Koppenhaver will appeal.