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. (Read more Matthew Cordle stories.)

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