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October 24, 2013

Man who confessed to DUI in viral video sentenced

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man who acknowledged his confessional video would give prosecutors what they needed to put him away for a long time for a fatal wrong-way car crash was proved mostly right Wednesday when a judge sentenced him to 6 1/2 years in prison.

Matthew Cordle had faced up to 8 1/2 years in prison for the June crash, which followed a night of heavy drinking near downtown Columbus and killed a man. A judge gave Cordle six years instead of eight on a count of aggravated vehicular homicide but ordered he serve the full six months for driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

The drunken-driving charge “is the genesis of why we’re here today,” Franklin County Judge David Fais said. “Had Mr. Cordle not been driving that vehicle on that early morning under the influence, we wouldn’t be here.”

Cordle said before the judge announced his decision there was no such thing as a fair sentence when it came to the loss of a life.

“The true punishment is simply living, living with the knowledge that I took an innocent life,” Cordle said.

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