Jonathan Koppenhaver, who changed his name legally to War Machine, was convicted last week in Las Vegas on 29 counts for the 2014 crimes stemming from the brutal assault of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack. The incarcerated ex-MMA fighter broke his silence for the first time on Twitter since the verdict was read with a message directed toward the woman who he harmed in 2014.
"Oh, I knew I had it comin', I knew I couldn't be free…" -Johnny Cash
— War Machine (@warmachine170) March 28, 2017
After starting the post off by quoting a lyric from Johnny Cash’s “Folsom County Blues,” War Machine proceeded to explain how he was at peace with the verdict, his renewed faith in God and his hope that one day Christy Mack will forgive him for his heinous acts.
“Christy: I am sorry for the man that I was, I am sorry for hurting you,” he wrote. “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.”
War Machine also explained how he was not upset with the potential life sentence and is happy to trade his old life of War Machine for his new one as inmate #2519422 in the Clark County Detention Center.
“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?” he wrote. “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.”
News 3 Las Vegas obtained a response from Mack’s mother, Erin Mackinday.
“I’m glad to hear he’s happy because he is looking at many years of happiness,” Mackinday told the news outlet. “If this is the happiest he’s ever been, I want him to stay there and be happy.”
She also believes that the letter is nothing more than a ploy done in an effort to sway the judge to deliver a lighter sentencing when that is handed down on June 5.