(When you’re name’s War Machine, you’re likely never getting the benefit of the doubt)
Embattled former UFC welterweight War Machine avoided state prison Tuesday, but was sentenced by a judge to serve the remainder of a one-year sentence in county jail, whereupon he will be on probation for three years and will be prohibited from consuming alcohol during that period (so much for drinking toilet wine). The news comes courtesy of NBC San Diego.
Prior to his sentencing yesterday, the fighter formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver gave the judge a three-page letter pleading his case in which he stated that he has met some bad people in jail and doesn’t want to end up on the same life path as them.
"I’ve made some stupid mistakes in my life,” War Machine told the judge. "I’m not a bad person. I’ve tried the hard way my whole life. It’s not working. I’m done with that."
Although the judge opted to keep Machine out of the state prison system, he told the fighter that he could have just as easily made the other decision and he said he will if the 28-year-old screws up again.
He was informed by the judge that a parole violation could see him sent to California’s state penitentiary for up to four years.
“Judge Danielsen made it very clear … one error, one misstep, one violation, he’s headed to state prison," Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said after court.
The judge, who was so infuriated two weeks ago by War Machine’s disrespect towards the court that he tore up the plea bargain agreement, relented on his statements that he would not honor the deal propsed by the District Attorney and signed of on the document yesterday, but not before offering War Machine a warning.
"You understand we’re not fooling around," the judge told him. "I think we’ll find out who the real guy is."