Bizarre love letters after porn star attack
WAR Machine now wants to make peace.
The ex-mixed martial arts (MMA) star sentenced last year to life in prison for sexually assaulting and kidnapping his former porn star girlfriend is now writing love letters to his pen pal fiancee, TMZ Sports reports.
The fighter, who legally changed his name from Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver during his MMA career, reportedly found love while behind bars and is now engaged.
"I feel a pain inside," he wrote to new lover Ashley Farrington. "The love we share brings me to tears. I'm desperate to fully express it but there aren't adequate words, nor will I live enough years for this is an eternal love."
TMZ reported last week that the 36-year-old Koppenhaver, who won't be eligible for parole until he's 71, is now engaged to Farrington, a 30-year-old woman who started writing to Koppenhaver last year.
The pen-pal relationship then escalated to visits at Ely State Prison in Nevada near America's west coast - where conjugal visits aren't allowed - before Koppenhaver popped the question in February without even having a ring.
"Were you once in me?" Koppenhaver's letter continued. "What did God do? Did he cut me open and make out of me, a you? Is that why words fail to express, and why I feel that, for you, I must bleed?"
Koppenhaver also told Farrington he wants to be her "hero" and said he would "gladly die" for the love of his life.
"I want to be your hero, for you I'd gladly die," the letter read. "You must know that my love is true in deed and here we have the greatest mystery solved, of why Christ came to die. Words must have failed him too, a man needs his love to know he's no lie."
Koppenhaver was sentenced in June 2017 to life in prison with possibility of parole after 36 years. He was convicted for brutally attacking his ex-girlfriend, Christine Mackinday - better known as former porn star Christy Mack - and her male companion after finding the couple in bed in her Las Vegas home.
A tearful Mack told a judge during Koppenhaver's sentencing she believes he would kill her if he's ever released from prison. For his part, Koppenhaver said he regretted the attack and said something wasn't right in his head "plain and simple".
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't seriously regret all of the things that I did," Koppenhaver said during the hearing. "I was a very, very lost and very empty person. I hated the way that I think. I hated my impulses. It caused me to hate myself. I hate myself way more than any of these people do.
"I would look at myself in the mirror and smash my face. That's how much I hated myself. It was the only thing I could do to prevent myself from killing myself.
"I hated that this happened. I hate that I had to hurt the woman I loved. I hate that I had to ruin my career. But it's been a blessing in my life. It's made me grow into a real man."
Koppenhaver, whose last MMA fight was in 2013, later apologised to Mack in a statement posted on Twitter. He also invited Mack to visit him behind bars.
Prosecutors said Koppenhaver beat Mack, 25, for nearly two hours during the August 2014 attack before she was able to escape and get help.
At one point during the attack, he told her: "Now I have to kill you. I've gone too far."
Mack testified during a two-week trial that she was clothed in bed with Corey Thomas - who told jurors he had been dating Mack for about two months at the time - when Koppenhaver stormed into her home and assaulted the couple.
She was later treated for several serious injuries, including a broken nose, lacerated liver, two lost teeth and a fractured rib.
Mack has said the emotional damage following the attack has been as severe as the injuries she sustained.
"I never looked at him except when I was asked to identify him," Mack said in April, 2017, adding that she had a total of 18 bones broken near her eye during the attack.
"He had mouthed that he loved me and that was extremely difficult.
"And I began bawling immediately. Because, for a long time, I did feel, you know, still emotionally connected to him."
- with staff writers and the New York Post