Man in Powerful DUI Confession Gets 6.5 Years
Matthew Cordle's license also suspended for life
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2013 11:15 AM CDT
Matthew Cordle reaches in his pocket for a statement which he read to the court during sentencing Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(Newser) – Matthew Cordle, who confessed in a powerful video to killing a man while driving drunk in June, was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison today; he faced a maximum of 8.5 years. He was also ordered to pay a $1,075 fine plus court costs and lost his driving privileges for life, CNN reports. Last month the 22-year-old pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and aggravated vehicular homicide. "Whatever my sentence may be, there's no fair sentence when it comes to the loss of a life," he told the judge today, according to the AP.

The court also heard from victim Vincent Canzani's daughter, who asked the judge for the maximum sentence, and his ex-wife, who said in a letter that Canzani would not have wanted the maximum sentence for Cordle. Cordle's father also spoke, saying he was "disappointed, disgusted, and heartbroken" at his son's choices and was not asking the judge for any leniency. Both he and Cordle apologized to Canzani's family. "It should have been me that night, the guilty party, instead of an innocent man," Cordle said.

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ShoeMart
Oct 30, 2013 4:21 AM CDT
A precursor: I'm not condoning driving under the influence of anything. But: Why is someone that has a single beer, but has never had a traffic accident, more maligned than the teen that never learned to drive in the first place and kills someone by hitting a pedestrian? Why is someone that has had two beers, but has never had a traffic accident, more maligned than the person who decides the minimum speed limit in a marked 40 is actually 55 and weaves between lanes, causing a truck to hit brakes and cause a pileup behind and traffic delays? Why is someone that has had three beers, but has never had a traffic accident, more maligned than the person who treats a stop sign as an inconvenience, so disregards it and causes an accident, thus raising everyone's auto insurance rates? Why is someone that has had four beers, but has never had a traffic accident, more maligned than the person who thinks a yellow light a block away means "go, so you don't have to wait that extra 40 seconds" and "guns it" so he's not waiting, then kills a family of four? Why is someone that has five beers, but has never had a traffic accident, more maligned than the meatheads with the giant, noisy, mufflers that have the 4x4 engaged on city streets and aren't happy until they awake the entire neighborhood and run over pets for pleasure? Why is someone that has six beers, and does his humane best to drive carefully, but forgets to signal or has a headlight out, handed his excrement in penalties? All of these people potentially kill, and I'll bet the second category of each sentence kills many more, but gets less media and police attention. Sympathies to all that've lost loved ones. The facts show, however, that 25% (an average) of traffic fatalities involve (not necessarily caused by) alcohol. Shouldn't the 75% be addressed? How about put the forces on basic traffic laws, rather than whom may be violating them. The same traffic stops should be conducted at 3 PM as are at 3 AM, as well as the same rules.
iq145
Oct 23, 2013 10:05 PM CDT
IT WORKED! He got only 6 ½ years? Wow. He said all the right things. Other DUI deaths i've seen resulted in 16 years. That was a brilliant play...
winterfairy
Oct 23, 2013 7:20 PM CDT
"It should have been me that night, the guilty party, instead of an innocent man," Cordle said. Life would be so much better for so many people if the drunks would die in these car accidents instead of the innocent people they kill. Its one of the great injustices of this life.