COLUMBUS — A harsh sentence for an Ohio driver who made an online video confessing that he caused a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking would send the wrong message to people trying to take responsibility for a crime, his attorneys said Monday.
In a 3½-minute video posted last week, Matthew Cordle of Powell admitted he killed a suburban Columbus man and said he “made a mistake” when he decided to drive that night.
“My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani,” he says somberly. “This video will act as my confession.”
Cordle, 22, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide Monday and booked into the Franklin County jail.
Cordle is scheduled to be arraigned today, and his lawyers say he will plead guilty. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Cordle faces up to 8½ years in prison if convicted.
Cordle’s attorneys downplayed any suggestion that he made the video in hopes of winning a light sentence. But a harsh sentence also doesn’t make sense, they said, and sends the message that if you accept responsibility you’re going to be punished.