YouTube DUI Confessor Pleads Guilty to Killing Man

Matthew Cordle tells court he's guilty of vehicular homicide, drunk driving

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 18, 2013 10:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Matthew Cordle has already confessed to killing a man while driving drunk—to millions of YouTube viewers—but today he made the confession where it really counts: in a courtroom. Cordle, 22, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol in an Ohio court, the AP reports. The judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation of Cordle, who faces two to eight and a half years in prison, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Though the viral video brought Cordle to justice, the daughter of the victim says it has also brought her a lot of heartache. "Every time that anything happens ... the whole thing makes the death of my father fresh," Angela Canzani told NBC4. "I feel like he's dead all over again. I keep hearing about the message, but people seem to forget a person is dead. A person is dead and nothing will change that."

Matthew Cordle, right, and his attorney, Martin Midian in court in Columbus, Ohio.
Matthew Cordle, right, and his attorney, Martin Midian in court in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Mike Munden, File)
Matthew Cordle enters the courtroom for his arraignment on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide in Columbus, Ohio.
Matthew Cordle enters the courtroom for his arraignment on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Mike Munden)
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