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Man Who Confessed To Drunk-Driving In Online Video Charged

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBS Cleveland/AP) — An Ohio driver who made an online video confessing to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after drinking heavily has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

In a 3 1/2-minute video posted last week, Matthew Cordle admits he killed a man June 22. He says in the video that he will plead guilty and take full responsibility for what he did to 61-year-old Vincent Canzani, of Gahanna.

“My name is Matthew Cordle and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This video will act as my confession,” Cordle said. “When I get charged I will plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I’ve done to Vince and his family.”

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien says the 22-year-old Powell man faces up to 8 1/2 years in prison if convicted.

Cordle states in the video that he hopes his mistakes and confession will inspire others not to drink and drive.

“If I take a different route maybe I would get a reduced sentence or maybe I would get off, but I won’t dishonor Vince’s memory by lying about what happened,” Cordle said, adding that he’s willing to go to jail in an effort to help stop people from drinking and driving.

Cordle also is charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The indictment alleges Cordle’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the level at which the state generally considers a driver to be impaired.

Cordle will be arraigned Tuesday.

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