Matthew Cordle, 22, the Ohio guy who confessed on Youtube in early September 2013 to having committing a fatal DUI hit and run was sentenced this week. In the video Cordle promised to confess and plead guilty to the crime. Despite some Internet drama when he initially pleaded not guilty, Cordle did ultimately keep his word, and was sentenced Wednesday to 6-and-a-half years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide and DUI. In accordance with Ohio law, Franklin County Judge David Fais also revoked Cordle’s license for life.
Vincent Canzani, was killed in a crash that involved four vehicles and a semi. According to Cordle’s confession, which matches reports, “On that particular night I made a mistake and got in my truck. I completely blacked out and decided to drive home. I ended up going the wrong way down the highway, directly into oncoming traffic, and I struck a car. I killed a man.”
That man’s daughter asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence of 8-and-a-half-years, while Cazani’s wife told the judge that her husband would not have wanted that. Cordle’s father said he was disgusted with the choices his son made that night and did not ask for leniency.
Though the judge did not impose the maximum sentence, Internet viewers who thought Cordle might get a sweet sentence for having come forward were no doubt disappointed.