War Machine

After being found guilty of 29 felony counts in March, in connection to the 2014 beating of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack, former MMA fighter War Machine has been sentenced to life.

The 35-year-old appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom on Monday (June 5), and was handed a 36-to-life sentence for a number of charges — kidnapping and sexual assault, among them.

War Machine (born Jonathan Koppenhaver) will not be first eligible for parole until he is 71 years old.

Mack (born Christine Mackinday) addressed the courtroom during the hearing, where she said she still feared for his life. “I do know that when he gets out he will kill me,” she said, as she held back tears.

War Machine also spoke to the judge at the hearing, discussing his troubled past, before comparing himself to NFL player Aaron Hernandez, who recently killed himself while in prison serving a life sentence.

“I should have killed myself by now. There’s no reason right now that I shouldn’t be in the dirt right now laying next to Aaron Hernandez. That’s 100 percent true,” he said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t seriously regret all those things that I did. I was a very, very lost, very empty person. And to top it off, something’s not right with my head. Plain and simple. I’ve known that a long time and I’ve hated it. I’ve hated the way that I think. I’ve hated my impulses. Half the time, I don’t know why I do some of the things I do. And some of the times I do things and I don’t even feel like I did them until it’s already done.”