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Interview: Cordle Speaks About his YouTube Video and Hearing
COLUMBUS (Mike McCarthy/Kate Liebers) -- In an interview with ABC 6/Fox 28 News, Matthew Cordle said he feels relieved that the court proceedings are over and that he was able to follow through on the promises he made in his viral confession video.
He was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed Vincent Canzoni last summer.
Cordle attracted national attention for making a YouTube video confession in which he said he drove black-out drunk, crashed into oncoming traffic, and killed a man.
In the video, Cordle said high power attorneys implied he could receive a reduced sentence or be found not guilty.
They were convinced they could get my blood test thrown out and all I would have to do for that is lie, Cordle says in the video. Well I wont go down that path.
He went on to say he would take full responsibility for everything Ive done to Vincent and his family.
Cordle said he made that video not to get attention, but to serve as a cautionary tale to not drink and drive. The video was made public before he was criminally charged.
Im a fairly normal guy, Cordle said. Just 22 average from the suburbs. And this happened to me because of one terrible decision that resulted in someones death. What I want to convey to people is that we are all one bad decision away from doing something that forever alters someones life negatively.
Or end that life completely.
In the one-on-one interview with ABC 6 / Fox 28 News, Cordle was asked why he didnt tell the victims family he was airing the confession, and why he didnt apologize to the family in his YouTube video. He said he made his apologies private - he wrote a letter to the Canzonis - and that is the way it should be.
He said he is open and willing to speak with the family if they wish to speak to him.