Matthew Cordle, the Ohio man who released the now viral YouTube video wherein he confessed to killing another driver while driving drunk, will be will pleading guilty to vehicular homicide next week in court.
The word came today from Cordle’s legal team, according to a Sept. 11 report from USA Today.
On Sept. 9, Cordle was indicted by a Franklin County, Ohio, grand jury “on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, more than two months after the deadly wrong-way collision,” according to CNN.
In his YouTube video, Cordle promised to take full responsibility for the drunk driving death of Vincent Canzani. When he appears in court on Sept. 18, he’ll have that opportunity.
"Matthew's pleading guilty as soon as possible so that he can get his message out and express to the family how sorrow he is for what happened," defense attorney Martin Midian said after the date was set for Cordle's guilty plea.
In a few excerpts from his a 3½-minute video posted last week to YouTube, Cordle said:
"My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani …"
"This video will act as my confession."
“When I get charged I’ll plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I’ve done to Vincent and his family …”
Matthew Cordle could be looking at anywhere from two to 8½ years behind bars.
Cordle’s video confession, which ends with the confessor making the plea to others to not drink and drink, has now been viewed almost two million times on YouTube.
“I can’t bring Mr. Canzani back, and I can’t erase what I’ve done, but you can still be saved. Your victims can still be saved. So, please, make the promise to never drink and drive.”
You can see Matthew Cordle’s YouTube video confession, “I killed a man,” here.
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