“My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani.”
In a video uploaded to YouTube and embedded on the site, www.becauseisaidiwould.com last week, 22-year-old Matthew Cordle confesses that after a night of drinking on June 22, he got behind the wheel of his truck, and hit and killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani, a Navy veteran. His blood alcohol level was 0.19%, more than twice the legal limit in Ohio.
“This video will act as my confession. When I get charged, I will plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I’ve done to Vincent and his family.”
Cordle says in the video that after the accident, he consulted with a few high powered attorneys who advised him that he could beat the charge and serve little to no jail time if he lied. He says he won’t go that route, and that instead, he plans on taking full responsibility for his actions.
Cordle is expected to be arraigned today on a felony charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, and he plans on doing exactly what he said in the video – accepting responsibility and pleading guilty to the charge.
Before the video was posted last week, Cordle was a suspect in the crash but hadn’t yet been charged. You can watch the full video below. Regardless of what you might think of him, it’s a very strong message and important for people to see.
Cordle could face up to eight years in prison.
UPDATE: 9/23/13 4:19 PM
Cordle has indeed pleaded guilty last week to aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. he will be sentenced October 10.
UPDATE: 10/23/13 10:58 AM
Matthew was sentenced today to 6.5 years in prison, and a lifetime suspension of his driving privileges, which is required by state law. He received six months for driving under the influence of alcohol and six years for aggravated vehicular homicide.
The maximum penalty was 8.5 years. You can read more about the sentencing HERE.