An Ohio man whose YouTube confession drew more than 1.2 million
views was indicted Monday on a felony charge of aggravated vehicular
Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien said
Matthew Cordle's blood-alcohol was 0.19% after the crash - more than
twice the level at which a driver is presumed too drunk to drive.
22, admitted getting drunk and driving the wrong way on I-670 near
Columbus, crashing into a jeep and killing its driver.
"My name is Mathew Cordle, and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani," Cordle says in the video posted Friday.
"This video will act as my confession. When i get charged, I will
plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I've done to
Vincent and his family. ... I won't dishonor Vincent's memory by lying
about what happened."
Cordle says in the video that after the
crash, he spoke with "some high-powered attorneys" who told him that it
might be possible to get his blood test thrown out. He said they told
him "about similar cases where the drivers got off."
"All I would have to do is lie," he said. "I won't go down that path."
grand jury also indicted Cordle on one misdemeanor count of operating a
vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The charges carry a
prison sentence of up to 8½ years, O'Brien said.
Canzani's ex-wife, Cheryl Oates, told fox6now.com
that Cordle's remorse appeared genuine and that she was encouraged he
took responsibility for his actions. Still, the mother of two sons said
she felt Cordle should spend some time in prison.
gut-wrenching coming from a mother looking at that young boy, and he
just doesn't understand the damage that he did," she told the website.
George Breitmayer III, a Columbus lawyer representing Cordle, told The Columbus Dispatch he was unaware his client was posting the confession.
video he released demonstrates his character, bravery and integrity,
and I know he fully intends to cooperate with law enforcement and
Franklin County prosecutors throughout the course of any future criminal
proceedings," Breitmayer told the Dispatch.
Last week, O'Brien told the Dispatch
he watched Cordle's video three times. "It's the most compelling video I
think I have seen. He strikes me as remorseful and sincere," O'Brien
O'Brien told fox6now that the video has not influenced him to recommend a lighter sentence.
"We had a case against him based on the evidence as I know it before the video was filmed," he told the website.
said the video was not posted in an effort to gain a shorter prison
sentence. On the recording, Cordle says he "can't bring Mr. Canzani
back. I can't erase what I've done," but "I beg you, and I say the word
beg specifically, I'm begging you, please don't drink and drive."