Man Confesses to DUI Accident in Video; Now Faces Courts
Posted: Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 6:51 am
22-year-old Matthew Cordle of Powell, Ohio has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide after killing 61-year-old Vincent Canzani in a drunk-driving collision. Cordle made headlines when he released a YouTube video confessing to the crime.
According to Cordle, he was out drinking with friends on the night of June 22, 2013. Although his blood alcohol level was well beyond the legal limit at 0.19 percent, Cordle chose to drive home. In his intoxicated state, he began driving the wrong way down Interstate 670 and struck Canzani’s Jeep. The Gahanna resident and father of two was pronounced dead on the scene at 3 am. Although Cordle was the only suspect, authorities elected to wait to arrest him until after his toxicology tests were processed.
Cordle asked becauseisaidiwould.com founder Alex Sheen to help him record a video in which he confessed to killing Canzani while intoxicated. On September 3, 2013, Sheen posted the video on YouTube and linked to it on becauseisaidiwould.com. The video quickly went viral.
Cordle was criticized for releasing the confession video when he was already the only suspect in the investigation. Cordle asserted in the video that his legal counsel told him they could have his blood test thrown out if he pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor’s office stated that they had adequate evidence to charge him even before he released the confession video.
On September 11, Cordle appeared in Common Pleas Court for his arraignment. He pleaded not guilty in order to send his case to a different judge. His bond was set at $150,000. According to Cordle’s lawyers, he plans to plead guilty during his court appearance next week. He faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison, although his lawyers say they are seeking a reduced sentence of four years.