Jon Koppenhaver was able to post a social media message following being found guilty on 29 of the 34 charges brought against him in his assault trial.
Jon Koppenhaver, who was found guilty on 29 or the 34 charges leveled against him in his trial for assaulting Christy Mack and Corey Thomas, has issued a statement. Despite being locked up and likely facing a life sentence, the former MMA fighter was able to get a message out on his Twitter account, asking Mack for her forgiveness and speaking to a few other people in his life. Here is the full message:
“Oh, I knew I had it comin’, I knew I couldn’t be free…” -Johnny Cash
“Well, that didn’t go very well, now did it? Would you believe me, though, if I said that I have nothing but joy inside, even now as I am sure to receive some type of life sentence? It’s true. Often times I have heard men in neighboring cells go to their cells and cry after receiving such news, but how can I? How can I cry tears of sorrow over the circumstances responsible for saving my soul? These circumstances are what has transformed me into a real man, how can I disrespect god by weeping over them? How much is a soul worth? Is a life sentence too high a price? Not at all, I gladly trade this false life in for the real one to come; I have been nothing but blessed by all of this. Now, if only I could somehow receive Christy’s forgiveness… And if only I could one day hear that she too had been saved! That would remove every last bit of tarnish from this tragedy. CHRISTY: I am sorry for the man that I was, I am sorry for hurting you. One day, when enough time has passed, and when your wounds are fully healed, I hope that you will write to me, or, perhaps, even visit me, so that I can apologize completely, and so that I can tell you about all that I have found in regard to god. He is real and can heal and complete you deep inside, if only you knew the full extent to which he had healed me… I will never cease to pray for you. MELISSA & SHANNAH: You have been the best sisters a guy could ever ask for, I love you two so much. BRANDON: You have gone far above and beyond the call of duty as a friend, I’m still in awe of all you have done. STACI: Thank you for your service to god, without you I may never have been found. PHIL: Thakk you for your presence at court, sorry for failing you as a protege. HERMAN: Sorry for failing you as a mentor, you have grown into a good man, I am proud of you. JULIA: You have been a true gift from god, if only… And to the rest of my loved ones: Never worry about me, I am at peace, I am alive and happy for the first time in my life.
CLARK COUNTY DETENTION CENTER KOPPENHAVER #2519422”
Koppenhaver, 35, who legally changed his name to War Machine, was convicted on March 20th in regards to an August 2014 attack on Mack and her ex-boyfriend Thomas where they suffered extensive injuries as a result. He was found guilty of multiple counts of sexual assault, along with battery constituting domestic violence charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 5th.