Death crash driver who confessed online is jailed


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The Independent US

Matthew Cordle, the Ohio man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking, has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

He had faced up to eight-and-a-half years. “Whatever my sentence may be, there’s no fair sentence when it comes to the loss of a life,” Cordle, 22, told the judge.

Franklin County Judge David Fais sentenced Cordle to six years for aggravated vehicular homicide and six months for driving under the influence of alcohol. He also revoked his driving privileges for life.

Cordle apologised to the family of his victim, Vincent Canzani, who was killed in the crash in June.

In a three-and-a-half-minute video posted in early September Cordle admitted he killed a man and said he “made a mistake” when he decided to drive that night. “My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani,” he says. “This video will act as my confession.”