UPDATE: Analysis: Addiction Key to OH Video Confessor Case

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 10/28/2013 3:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge used a sentencing in a high-profile drunken driving case to make a point about addictions that was nearly lost in a tug-of-war over the proper focus of the hearing.

At issue for Franklin County Judge David Fais last week was the penalty due Matthew Cordle, whose online video confessing to the fatal crash was viewed more than 2.3 million times.

The daughter of the victim complained the video had taken the focus off her father's death, while Cordle risked criticism that the video was a play for leniency.

Fais opened the hearing with a broader point about the impact of addictions. He noted that two of every three defendants to come before him suffer from a substance abuse problem or mental illness or both.

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UPDATE 10/25/2013 9:30 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The man who confessed in an online video to killing another driver in a wrong-way crash after a night of drinking tells a newspaper that he might have gotten a lighter sentence had he not made now-famous video.

In a jailhouse interview with The Columbus Dispatch, 22-year-old Matthew Cordle acknowledges that the incident probably wouldn't have become a national story if he hadn't made the YouTube video. And he may have ended up with less time than the 6 ½ years in prison he got from the judge on Wednesday.

Cordle tells the newspaper that making the video was "not a courageous act." Instead, it was something the social-media-savvy man felt he needed to do to accept responsibility and urge others not to drink and drive.

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UPDATE 10/18/2013 2:50 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio prosecutor says the maximum sentence for a man who confessed in an online video to a fatal wrong way crash would be in line with several similar cases where tough sentences were handed down.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien cites 13 recent cases of aggravated vehicular homicide with an average sentence of 7.9 years.

In a Friday court filing O'Brien asked for the maximum of eight years for defendant Matthew Cordle, who pleaded guilty last month to aggravated vehicular homicide and driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol in the June death of Vincent Canzani.

Attorneys for Cordle have asked for a sentence well below the maximum to send a message about the value of taking responsibility.

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UPDATE 10/17/2013 2:35 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Attorneys are seeking a reduced sentence for an Ohio man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of drinking.

The defense says a fair sentence for Matthew Cordle is imperative to send a message about the value of taking responsibility for causing a tragedy.

A filing in Franklin County court late Wednesday asks Judge Davie Fais to sentence Cordle well below the maximum eight-year sentence allowed by law. The filing says Cordle has stopped drinking, is extremely remorseful and thoroughly ashamed.

Cordle pleaded guilty last month to killing Vincent Canzani of suburban Columbus. Cordle's online video confession, made against the advice of lawyers, has been viewed more than 2.2 million times.

Prosecutors have until Friday to respond.

Sentencing is Oct. 23.

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UPDATE 10/15/2013 2:52 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Sentencing is continued for a man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of drinking.

The Franklin County Prosecutor's Office says more time is needed as both prosecutors and defense attorneys submit more information ahead of the sentencing of Matthew Cordle.

Sentencing before Franklin County Judge David Fais has been moved from Wednesday to Oct. 23.

The 22-year-old Cordle faces two to 8 ½ years in prison, a $15,000 fine and loss of driving privileges for life.

Cordle pleaded guilty last month to aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol in the June crash that killed Vincent Canzani of suburban Columbus.

Cordle's online confession has been viewed more than 2.2 million times.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The expected guilty plea of an Ohio man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal car crash has been delayed at least one day.

The judge overseeing the Tuesday hearing for Matthew Cordle refused to proceed with the matter, saying normal court procedures haven't been followed.

Franklin County Judge Julie Lynch said the type of hearing Cordle requested normally happens on Wednesdays and she wasn't going to make an exception.

Cordle's lawyers say they'll proceed with their client's wishes to plead guilty as soon as possible.

They rejected allegations they had tried to get the case before Lynch, a process known as judge shopping, which is banned by court rule.

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