People across the country learned the name Matthew Cordle in early September when his YouTube video, in which he confessed to driving drunk and killing a 61-year-old man, went viral. Today, Cordle learned his fate and was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for the car accident he caused in Ohio in June.
Cordle's video was originally posted on Sept. 3 and showed his pixelated face becoming clear. In the video, the 22-year-old admits to driving under the influence and killing Navy veteran Vincent Canzani on the night of June 22, 2013. He then turned himself into police.
After initially pleading not guilty for his crime in what was said to be a procedural move to get the ball rolling and receive a new judge on Sept. 11, Cordle changed his official plea to guilty one week later.
Six years of the jail sentence come from a count of aggravated vehicular homicide, while the additional six months is for operating a vehicle while impaired. In addition to prison time, Cordle's driving privileges are also suspended for life and he will be required to pay for all court costs and a $1,075 fine.
Canzani's daughter Angela asked that Cordle be given the maximum sentence of eight-and-a-half years, saying "He will still have his whole life ahead of him. My dad is never coming back." She also expressed hope that Cordle would raise drunk driving awareness after he does time.
Cheryl Oates, Canzani's ex-wife, reportedly said that Cordle should spend time in prison but also said "you've got to respect" him admitting to making a huge mistake.