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September 9, 2013

Ohio man who confessed in video turns himself in

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio driver who made an online video confessing that he caused a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking turned himself in Monday on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide.

In a 3½-minute video posted last week, Matthew Cordle admitted he killed a suburban Columbus man and said he "made a mistake" when he decided to drive that night.

"My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani," he says somberly. "This video will act as my confession."

Cordle, 22, was booked into Franklin County Jail on Monday afternoon, declining to comment on the advice of his lawyers.

He's scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday and his lawyers say he will plead guilty as soon as possible. Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien said Cordle faces up to 8½ years in prison if convicted.

Cordle's attorneys downplayed any suggestion that Cordle made the video in hopes of winning a light sentence.

"The way he wanted to proceed was take responsibility for what he's done, and he's been steadfast in that desire since he came and talked to us to begin with," said attorney George Breitmayer. "Even if that means a full sentence."

His attorneys said they hope he will be free on bond after pleading guilty but before being sentenced to continue to spread his anti-drunk driving message.

Cordle, of Powell, also is charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

O'Brien previously said Cordle's blood sample from the night of the crash tested positive for alcohol and negative for drugs. The indictment alleges Cordle's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the level at which Ohio authorities generally consider a driver to be impaired.

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