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"I killed a man" Drunk driver confesses in online video

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A man has posted a video online confessing to driving drunk and causing a deadly crash on a downtown Columbus freeway.

"I've never seen anything like it," said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien.

In the video Matthew Cordle admits to drinking that night in June and causing a head-on collision killing Vincent Canzani. The crash happened on I-670 at the Neil Avenue exit.

"I'm handing the prosecution everything they need to put me away for a very long time," Cordle says in the video, produced by the website becauseisaidiwould.com.


"If I took a different route, maybe I would get a reduced sentence, and maybe I would get off, but I won't dishonor Vincent's memory by lying about what happened," Cordle says in the video.

The video was made against the wishes of Cordle's attorneys. In the video Cordle says he consulted with high-powered lawyers who were working out a settlement to either get him a reduced sentence, or get him off altogether.

O'Brien calls the video "compelling" and says after watching it he believes Cordle is sincere. There isn't much wiggle-room for the judge on the case, according to O'Brien. He says the charges of vehicular homicide with alcohol specifications carry a sentence of at least 8 1/2 years in prison.

O'Brien says he's used photos posted online in cases before to get convictions. Most are photos of gang members with weapons, money, or drugs. He says he's never seen anyone post a video like this though.

Click below to listen to 610 WTVN's Joel Riley talk with Franklin Co Prosecutor Ron O'Brien about the video and the case.

(credit: becauseisaidiwould.com)

 

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