Matthew Cordle was attempting to drive home in the early morning hours on June 22nd, in Columbus Ohio after a night of drinking with friends. Cordle’s vehicle was driving the wrong way on Interstate 670, when it was involved in an accident with four vehicles, one being 61-year-old Vincent Canzani’s. Canzani was subsequently killed in the crash, and Cordle was taken into custody.
Fast forward to September 3rd, several months later, where Cordle’s story went viral when he posted a Youtube video confessing to the murder of Vincent Canzani and taking responsibility for the DUI fatality he caused. Several media outlets published stories accusing Matthew Cordle of trying to look like the victim in the crash, because of the nature of the Youtube video.
On the 23rd of October, Matthew Cordle received his sentence for vehicular manslaughter, from Ohio Judge David Fais:
- Six-and-a-half years in prison
- A lifetime suspension of his driver’s license
- A $1,075 fine
In court Cordle had this to say, “Whatever my sentence may be, the true punishment is living.”
Angela Canzani, the victim’s daughter, had this to say in response to Matthew Cordle’s punishment as well as to his Youtube confession. “I’ve heard about a message. The message we don’t want to hear is that if you hit and kill someone — and admit to it — you get away with it.”
Speaking to the judge about the punishment Cordle received, Angela Canzani added, “My father got a death sentence. Eight-and-a-half years is nothing. After eight-and-a-half years, Matthew Cordle will have his life back — my father is never coming back.”
Do you think Matthew’s YouTube confession was an attempt at gaining sympathy for his trial?
Or a legitimate way to send a sobering & powerful message?