Ohio Man's Confession of Killing a Man While Driving Under Influence Goes Viral

Published 09/10 2013 03:20PM

Updated 09/10 2013 03:36PM

An Ohio man's startling confession of killing a man while driving under the influence has gone viral and captured national attention.

It begins with a man concealed, speaking sobering words..."Just trying to have a good time but I lost control."

Then, his face, and a chilling confession are revealed.

"My name is Matthew Cordle and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani.  I will plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I have done."

The video came as a shock to Canzani's family..."It brings up a lot of emotion as far as this has gone.  He'll never be back and this video is just kind of a reminder of it and this man is going to have to live with that for the rest of his life."

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

Franklin County Prosecutor, Ron O'Brien viewed the video several times and says, "It is a compelling piece of evidence as well as a compelling statement by the offender."

O'Brien says that despite this apparently conscientious confession, his office will consult with Canzani's family and recommend a lengthy sentence.

"Obviously, would it be a prison sentence and I presume based on the facts apart from the video, it would be on the high end."

What does the victim's family think about what sort of punishment is due?

"That's a tough question because he made a decision that took a man's life.  I honestly can't answer that and I don't know how to feel."

The person who Cordle first contacted about wanting to publicly confess was Alex Sheen who runs a website called "I Said I Would" where people make public commitments.

He says, "I believe he should be treated fairly like everybody in the legal system.  I can say that he feels guilty.  I know this much but the intent of this video is never to get him a lighter sentence."

Ultimately, Sheen says Cordle's goal is to help stop others from drinking and driving.

"Your victims can still be saved, so please."

The prosecution plans to charge Cordle with aggravate vehicular homicide as well as driving under the influence.  That carries a maximum sentence up to 8 years in prison and now that they prosecution has this confession, they could present their case to the grand jury as soon as next week.

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