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Prosecutors Want Maximum Sentence for Drunk Driving Crash Online-Confessor
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Prosecutors want a man to receive the maximum sentence allowed by the state for a felony conviction stemming from a fatal drunk driving crash that he admitted to causing in an online video.
State prosecutors filed a memorandum Friday requesting that Matthew Cordle be sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in a crash that killed Vincent Canzani on I-670 in the Downtown Columbus area on June 22, 2013.
The case became well-known nationally because of Cordle's subsequent appearance in an online video, during which he admitted guilt for Canzani's death, and stated his willingness to accept the resulting consequences.
Cordle, 22, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI in September.
Cordle's attorney, George Breitmayer, filed his own memorandum on Thursday, in which he asked that his client be given a fair sentence, and also requested that Cordle's actions since the crash, as well as his lack of criminal history, be taken into account by the court.
"Matthew is not concerned about the sentence," Breitmayer said. "He's most concerned about the victim's family, and what he sought out to do, which is raise awareness about the risks associated with drinking and driving."
Prosecutors believe Cordle deserves the maximum sentence of eight years related to the felony conviction, due in part to his admission in the online video that he had driven while drunk on multiple occasions prior to the fatal crash.
Prosecutors have asked that a six month sentence for a misdemeanor count of driving with a prohibited blood alcohol content be served concurrently, instead of consecutively, in light of Cordle's expression of remorse.
Cordle is scheduled to be sentenced on October 23. Canzani's daughter, Angela, is expected to speak at the hearing.