In a YouTube video that went positively viral, Matthew Cordle, 22, said he was prepared to accept a hefty sentence after he killed a man during a drunken driving accident over the summer.
Looks like Cordle will be doing just that.
Today, Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fais sentenced Cordle to six and a half years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide.
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien argued that Cordle deserved the maximum sentence of eight years, in part, because Cordle omitted saying the two little words "I'm sorry," in his video confession.
Cordle’s lawyers however, countered that he actually deserved less time, since Cordle had already expressed deep remorse for his actions and for taking the life of 61-year-old Vincent Canzani.
Fais said that over the holiday season, he would like to use Cordle's offense as a message to the public-
“What I would like to see is a billboard that says, ‘I’m Matthew Cordle. I pleaded guilty to OVI ... I killed a man. Don’t drink and drive,’ the Columbus Dispatch reported.
Toward the end of the hearing, Cordle issued this statement:
“There is no fair sentence when it comes to losing a life,” he said. “It should have been me that night ... instead of an innocent man.” (A.M.)
Update II: It probably seemed obvious, but the case of the guy publicly admitting to murder-by-drunk-driving is moving ahead at a clunky pace.
As the Dispatch reports, the assumed plan was that Matthew Cordle would plead guilty before Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Julie Lynch. That notion, of course, is derived from his YouTube video. Here's how that went:
...his attorneys had said yesterday that he would plead not guilty before Lynch, so the case could be randomly assigned to a trial judge before whom he would quickly plead guilty.
Cordle’s failure to enter a plea “calls into question the validity of being so forthcoming in his YouTube video” about his intent to plead guilty, the judge said after the brief hearing.
He'll be arraigned today, and attorneys hope to have him released from jail on bond.
Update I: Matthew Cordle, the Columbus man who recently produced a powerful online video in which he confesses to killing a man during a drunken driving accident over the summer, has been indicted on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide.
Cordle is expected to surrender and be booked at the Franklin County Jail this afternoon, authorities told The Columbus Dispatch. A charge of this sort can carry up to eight and a half years in prison.
Following the crash, Cordle’s blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.19 percent, more than twice the 0.08 legal level for motorists.
Cordle also was indicted on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Since the video was posted on Tuesday, it has recorded over 1.2 million views.
You can watch the YouTube clip below.
Matthew Cordle, 22, posted this confession video at becauseisaidiwould.com, admitting that he killed Vincent Canzani, 62, in a drunk driving crash earlier this summer.
It's an intense monologue, the kinda thing that almost never surfaces in the wake of a tragedy like Canzani's death. The pivotal moment in the video, when the dramatic music drops out, comes when Cordle pleads with his audience: “I beg you, and I say the word beg specifically, I’m begging you, please don’t drink and drive. Don’t make the same excuses that I did. Don’t say it's only a few miles or you’ve only had a few beers."
Cordle has not yet been charged. “When I get charged, I will plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I’ve done to Vincent and his family,” he says.
His message stands in stark contrast to Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed, who's garnered three DUI convictions. He was sentenced today to 10 days in jail, all of which follow his own "not guilty" plea.
Since 1976, 1854 Coventry Road has served as home base for one coffee company or another. For the first quarter century it housed Arabica. Later, it was home to Caribou. And finally, it reverted back to Arabica.
That reign ended on Sunday, September 1, when Phoenix Coffee closed its doors, thus ending a 76-year run of coffee at that address.
But don't fret, coffee lovers, Phoenix didn't go far. At 6 a.m. on Friday, September 6, Phoenix Coffee will reopen in the former home of Delphic Books (1793 Coventry Rd.) at the corner of Hampshire and Coventry.
"The new location is a more sustainable investment," explains Phoenix CEO Sarah Wilson-Jones.
The new café, located near the northern end of Coventry, will feature décor that employs upcycled and reclaimed materials. Local artwork will adorn the walls. And a new "pourover bar" will be staffed by baristas who brew every cup to order.
To pay tribute to the longstanding Coventry Road "coffeehouse era," Phoenix will host a Community Candlelit Gathering in the vacant former Coventry Road space tonight, Thursday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m.
"We hope to honor the magic of the past connections and relationships that have been born on Coventry," adds Wilson-Jones.
Two members from the local band One Days Notice stopped by our offices yesterday for a Scene Session. The solid songwriting on the band's new album, When Dinosaurs Get Drunk, suggests a shift from punk to rock, not that the guys have lost their sarcastic sense of humor (as you'll see in the video of the performance that's posted below). The group plays a CD release show tomorrow night at House of Blues.
Not only are octopi among the more interesting, if heart-achingly mainstream, cephalopods, but this one is holding down the fort right here in Northeast Ohio. And - AND - you have a chance to name this new lady.
The person whose name gets chosen will receive something called an "octopus prize pack" and a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo's Journey to the Reef exhibit.
Last time around, when the late Cora arrived at the zoo, more than 2,200 names were entered in the competition. Three balls filled with shrimp, each bearing one of the top three names, were tossed into Cora's digs. After five minutes, the octopus opened the ball with her future name on it and, well, the rest is beautiful, beautiful history.
It's all happening again this week. The frenzy wraps up at 5 p.m. tomorrow, so GET ON IT.
Known for new wave hits such as “I Know What Boys Like” and “Christmas Wrapping,” the Waitresses were one of the most significant bands to emerge from the same Akron scene that produced acts such as Devo and Tin Huey. Now, Omnivore Recordings has just reissued the band’s first two albums, 1982’s Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? And 1983’s Bruiseology as part of the double disc set Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses. Each disc comes with a couple of bonus tracks. The songs have all been remastered and sound terrific. Even the band’s Chris Butler, who spoke about the project via phone, is impressed with the sound quality.
“I’m not like Norma in Sunset Boulevard who watches her loops over and over,” he says. “I don’t listen to this stuff. But I listened to the mastering. I agree it does sound really good. They did a good job.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Annual Music Masters is a terrific program that pays tribute to an inductee. Slated to take place Oct. 21-Oct. 26, this year’s event will honor the Rolling Stones. Artists slated to participate in the Oct. 26 tribute concert include: Ian McLagan, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys, Steve Madaio, Ivan Neville, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks to perform. Additional artists will be announced closer to the date.
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