September 9th, 2013
11:37 AM ET

Matthew Cordle Faces Arrest For Video Confession

You may have seen the video over the weekend.

Twenty-two-year-old Matthew Cordle confesses to killing 61-year-old Vincent Canzani on an Ohio highway in June after drinking and driving.

While some online critics are saying the video is just a ploy to get a lighter sentence, the victim's ex-wife speaks out to say she believes Cordle's confession is genuine.

CNN's John Berman reports.

Cheryl Oates, the victim's ex-wife says, "He ruined two lives. He took Vince's life and he ruined his life."

While others are criticizing the video, Oates says the boy deserves some respect for owning up to his actions.

"He said I made a huge mistake, and I'm gonna take what's coming to me. You gotta respect him for that. I'm sorry, you do."

Cordle says he realizes that he's not only putting himself at the mercy of the blogosphere, but the prosecution as well.

"I'm handing the prosecution everything they need to put me away for a very long time."

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says they'll likely request an indictment for aggravated vehicular homicide, adding that the video confession does not convince him that Cordle should get a lighter sentence.

O'Brien says, "We had a case against him based on the evidence as I know it before the video was filmed."

Matthew Cordle's Defense Attorney George S. Breitmayer III says they expect that Cordle will be indicted sometime this morning on aggravated vehicular homicide.

That's a second-degree felony, carrying anywhere from 2 up to a maximum of 8 years in state prison. His attorney also sent CNN this statement:

"Despite any speculation of his intentions, the video was meant to raise awareness related to the serious issues surrounding drinking and driving.  In addition, [Matthew Cordle] hopes his confession will offer the Canzani's some level of closure by avoiding any lengthy, drawn out legal proceedings."

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  1. Rudi

    Believe me, he won't serve much time, his family is incredibly wealthy.

    September 12, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
  2. Kim Jakubec

    In today's world it's hard not to be skeptical of people's intentions, although he may be quite sincere he could have very well just said all of that in a courtroom and saved the video for later when he was over with anything in court and had nothing to gain

    September 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Reply

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