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Jury convicts former MMA fighter War Machine of kidnapping and sexual assault

Jury convicts former MMA fighter War Machine of kidnapping and sexual assault
Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver is seen in court in Las Vegas in 2015. (John Locher / Associated Press)

A jury in Las Vegas has found a former mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Jurors deadlocked Monday on two attempted-murder charges against Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver but convicted him of 29 counts. He could face up to life in prison.

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Koppenhaver went by his birth name during the two-week trial but had legally changed it to War Machine during his 19-fight MMA career.

Defense attorney Jay Leiderman had conceded Koppenhaver's guilt on eight lesser domestic battery charges, including punching and injuring ex-girlfriend Christy Mack.

Koppenhaver also was charged with threatening Mack's male friend Corey Thomas when he found them together in bed in 2014.

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