According to KGTV's 10News.com during a sentencing hearing on Thursday in San Diego federal court, the fighter once known as Jon Koppenhaver pissed off the presiding judge so much that he tore up a proposed plea agreement that would have seen Machine sentenced to a year in county jail and three years probation for allegedly punching a security guard outside a club during a brawl and assaulting a female bartender at another club by sweeping bottles off the bar at her.
Before tearing up the all but signed, sealed and delivered plea deal, the judge warned the former UFC welterweight:
"Do it again, and you won't be able to fight your way out of a state prison sentence," the judge said, adding that he would likely be sent away for five years if he saw the inside of a courtroom for similar reasons in the future.
According to the KGTV report the judge based part of his decision to reject the plea bargain on a number of flippant tweets Machine made about his prison experience that were logged by prosecutors including one about him wanting to smuggle "a few hundred Ambien in (to jail) to sleep the year away!"
In a nutshell, had he simply agreed to the sentence and probationary terms of the plea agreement and just quietly served his year in county jail, War Machine would have not received any further punishment. Since he remarked that he hadn't had a chance to read the plea, thus wasting another day in court, the judge has decided he to send the matter back to trial on August 24, which could mean War could be sent to state prison for longer than one year and could have up to five years of restrictive probation when he gets out.
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