COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man who acknowledged that his confessional online video would give prosecutors what they needed to put him away for a long time for a fatal wrong-way car crash was proved mostly right Wednesday when a judge sentenced him to 6 ½ years in prison.
Matthew Cordle had faced up to 8 ½ years in prison for the June crash, which followed a night of heavy drinking near downtown Columbus and killed a man. A judge gave Cordle six years instead of eight on a count of aggravated vehicular homicide but ordered that he serve the full six months for driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Cordle said before the judge announced his decision that there is no such thing as a fair sentence when it comes to the loss of a life.
"The true punishment is simply living, living with the knowledge that I took an innocent life," Cordle said.
The judge also fined Cordle $1,075 and revoked his driving privileges for life. He gave Cordle credit for 45 days he has already spent in jail.
Cordle apologized to the family of his victim, Vincent Canzani.
"It should have been me that night, the guilty party, instead of an innocent man," he said.
Canzani's daughter asked the judge for the maximum sentence.
"My father got a death sentence and did nothing wrong," Angela Canzani said. "After 8 ½ years, Matthew Cordle will still have his whole life ahead of him. My dad is never coming back."