Matthew Cordle, 22, of Ohio was sentenced Wednesday to 6½ years in prison for causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking, which he had confessed to in an online video.
Cordle wa looking to face up to 8 1/2 years. “Whatever my sentence may be, there’s no fair sentence when it comes to the loss of a life,” Cordle told the judge before the sentence was handed down.
Franklin County Judge David Fais sentenced Cordle to six years for aggravated vehicular homicide and six months for driving under the influence of alcohol and his driving privileges were revoked for life.
Cordle apologized to the family of his victim, Vincent Canzani, who was killed in the June crash. “It should have been me that night, the guilty party, instead of an innocent man,” he said.
Canzani’s daughter asked Fais for the maximum sentence. “My father got a death sentence and did nothing wrong,” Angela Canzani told the judge.
Cordle posted a 3½-minute in early September, admitting to killing 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 somberly. “This video will act as my confession.”
Cordle acknowledged having a drinking problem after the crash and entered a treatment program as prosecutors gathered evidence against him. He told his attorneys early on that he wanted to plead guilty but made the video against their advice.
Prosecutors say a heavily intoxicated Cordle denied causing an accident or killing anyone when he was first taken to a hospital after the crash, in which he suffered broken ribs and a fractured skull. His attorneys say he may have suffered a brain injury.
Cordle, who lives in Powell, a Columbus suburb, told Fais last month that he had no recollection of the crash, how much he’d had to drink that night or whether he’d had anything to eat.
“I drank so much I was blacked out,” Cordle said at the Sept. 18 hearing where he pleaded guilty.