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YouTube Confession Drink Drive Killer Jailed
An Ohio man who confessed in an online video to killing a man while driving under the influence has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison.
Franklin County Judge David Fais sentenced 22-year-old Matthew Cordle to six years for aggravated vehicular homicide and six months for driving under the influence of alcohol.
He also revoked Cordle's driving privileges for life as required by state law.
Cordle had faced up to eight and a half years for killing 61-year-old Vincent Canzani in a June 22 crash.
He apologised to the family of his victim during Wednesday's proceedings.
"It should have been me that night, the guilty party, instead of an innocent man," he said.
Cordle was on his way home after a night of heavy drinking at bars near Columbus when he struck Mr Canzani's vehicle after turning into oncoming traffic.
He confessed to the crime and promised to plead guilty in the nearly four-minute video posted on September 3 that has been viewed more than 2.3 million times.
In the video he said: "I'm begging you, please don't drink and drive.
"I can't bring Mr Canzani back ... but you can still be saved. Your victims can still be saved."
Cordle had been in jail since pleading guilty last month.
During Wednesday's hearing, the judge read a letter from Mr Canzini's ex-wife who said she believed he would not have wanted a maximum sentence.
She said she believes Cordle will keep his promises never to drink and drive again.
Mr Canzini's daughter, however, asked for the maximum sentence, saying her father "got a death sentence and did nothing wrong".
Cordle's father told Mr Canzani's family that his heart was filled with sorrow at their loss and he hopes someday they can forgive his son.