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She Was Hanging Out With A Friend When Her Ex Came And Nearly Took Her Life

JUNE 9, 2017  —  By Corinne Sanders

In August 2014, Christy Mack was hospitalized following a brutal attack from her ex-boyfriend, Jonathan Koppenhaver, more commonly known as the former MMA Fighter "War Machine."

In March of this year, Koppenhaver was convicted of 29 charges including assault, kidnapping, and sexual assault after beating Mack so badly that she was sure he'd kill her before the night was over. Earlier this week, he received an aggregate sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 36 years.


The two had already been broken up for a few months when Koppenhaver went to Mack's home in the early hours of the morning, where she was with her friend, Corey Thomas.

After beating Thomas and making him leave, Koppenhaver proceeded to hurt Mack so badly that she was left with a host of serious injuries, including 18 broken bones, a broken nose, missing and broken teeth, a fractured eye socket, a lacerated liver, and a bruise on her leg that was so deep she couldn't walk for weeks.

Mack wrote a horrifying account of the incident below, but be warned that it's very difficult to read.

At about 2 a.m. Friday morning, Jon Koppenhaver arrived unannounced to my home in Las Vegas, NV. After he broke up with me in May, he moved out of my house and back to San Diego. When he arrived, he found myself and one other fully clothed and unarmed in the house. Without a single word spoken, he began beating my friend; once he was finished, he sent my friend away and turned his attention to me. He made me undress and shower in front of him, then dragged me out and beat my face. I have no recollection of how many times I was hit, I just know my injuries that resulted from my beating. My injuries include 18 broken bones around my eye, my nose is broken in 2 places, I am missing teeth and several more are broken. I am unable to chew, or see out of my left eye. My speech is slurred from my swelling and lack of teeth.

I have a fractured rib and severely ruptured liver from a kick to my side. My leg is so badly injured I have not been able to walk on my own. I also attained several lesions from a knife he got from my kitchen. He pushed the knife into me in some areas such as my hand, ear, and head. He also sawed much of my hair off with this dull knife. After some time, the knife broke off of the handle and continued to threaten me with the blade. I believed I was going to die. He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly. He took my phone and canceled all of my plans for the following week to make sure no one would worry about my whereabouts. He told me he was going to rape me, but was disappointed in himself when he could not get hard.

After another hit or two, he left me on the floor bleeding and shaking, holding my side from the pain of my rib. He left the room and went to the kitchen where I could hear him ruffling through my drawers. Assuming he was finding a sharper, more stable knife to end my life, I ran out my back door, shutting it behind me so the dogs didn't run inside to tip him off. I hopped the fence to the golf course behind my house and ran to a neighboring house. Naked and afraid he would catch me, I kept running through the neighborhood knocking on doors. Finally one answered and I was brought to the hospital and treated for my injuries.

I would like to thank everyone for their support through this rough time. I am healing fast and well, and I appreciate all of the prayers and visits I have received over the past few days. After many months of fear and pressure to keep this man happy, although I fear for my life, I feel that I can no longer put myself in this situation. The cheating by him nearly every day, and almost weekly abuse is now more than I can stand. There is a $10k reward for the capture of Jonathan Koppenhaver at this time. Please report any information to your local police.

Thank you,

-Christy Mack

While delivering her victim-impact statement in court on June 5, she said, "I do know when he gets out, he will kill me."

Now she's recovered and doing well, but the emotional toll the attack (and previous abuse from her ex) took is immeasurable.

"Today I finally get to put a close to a very dark chapter in my life," she wrote after Koppenhaver was sentenced.

Now she's urging others who need help out of abusive situations to "reach out. Believe them when they do reach out. If you hear something, speak out. You are not alone."

(via Daily Mail)

If you or someone you know is being abused, please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. Share Mack's story if you admire her bravery after everything that's happened to her.

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