I Killed A Man
Matthew Cordle Sentenced: Ohio man who confessed to killing man while driving drunk gets 6 1/2 years in prison
(CBS) - Matthew Cordle, the Ohio man who videotaped himself confessing to killing a man while he was driving drunk
has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison and a lifetime loss of driving privileges.
Cordle, 22, had pleaded guilty to killing Vincent Canzani of suburban Columbus in a wrong-way crash on June 22.
his video, which has drawn more than 2 million hits on YouTube, Cordle
says that although he may have been able to "get off" or "get a reduced
sentence," he didn't want to "dishonor Vincent's memory by lying about
However, last week Cordle's attorneys asked
Judge Davie Fais to sentence Cordle to less than the eight-and-a-half
year maximum allowable for the crime. Fais sentenced Cordle to six
months for driving under the influence of alcohol and six years for
aggravated vehicular homicide. The judge revoked his driving privileges
for life, which the Associates Press reports is required by state law.
the sentencing, the judge read from letters he received from people
whose lives were affected by drunk driving and at one point said he
would like to see Matthew's face on a billboard about the dangers of
One of Cordle's attorneys asked the judge to
consider that "a lot of people could learn a lesson from the message
Matthew has sent," and that his video's message of responsibility would
have wide-ranging positive effect on others.
Angela Canzani, the
victim's daughter, spoke at the sentencing, saying she hoped Cordle got
the maximum amount of time in prison for killing her father.
father got a death sentence and did nothing wrong," said Canzani. "After
eight and half years, Matthew Cordle will still have his whole life
ahead of him, my father is never coming back." She also said that she
did not want the court to send the message that you can "hit and kill
someone," then apologize and "get leniency."
Dave Cordle told the judge he was "disappointed, disgusted and
heartbroken" over his son's choices that resulted in Canzani's death.
Cordle was the last person to speak before the judge pronounced his
sentence. He read his statement from a yellow piece of paper that had
been folded into a pocket on his khaki prison uniform shirt.
true punishment is simply living, living with the knowledge that I took
an innocent life," said Cordle. "That pain and weight will never go