Saturday 23 September 2017

Man confesses to killing in online video

Man admitted to killing someone while driving drunk in video which led to his arrest

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A man who confessed to killing someone while driving drunk in a video posted to YouTube has been sentenced.

Matthew Cordle received six and a half years in prison, six for 'aggravated vehicular homicide' and six months for driving while intoxicated.

Cordle, 22, was facing a maximum sentence of eight years, and also received a lifetime driving ban.

He posted the video to YouTube on September 2rd 2013, though an Ohio non-profit organisation called 'Because I Said I Would'. He claims he wanted to raise awareness of the consequences of drunken driving through his public confession.

He was arrested following the publication of the video and he pleaded guilty to killing victim Vincent Canzani last June.

Cordle was not handed down the maximum sentence due to his lawyer arguing that Cordle's video had helped to raise awareness and discourage others from driving drunk.

Cordle apologized to his victim's family in court.

"The true punishment is simply living, living with the knowledge that I took a man's life, that I irreparably damaged the lives of Vincent's family and friends, and that weight and pain will never go away."

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