COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of drinking should receive a sentence well below the maximum of eight years to send a message about the value of taking responsibility, his attorneys argue in a court filing.
The attorneys for Matthew Cordle don’t ask for a specific amount of time, but say it should be below the maximum of eight years and below ‘‘a high range sentence.’’ State law requires a sentence between two and eight years.
Cordle’s conduct after the crash suggests a long sentence is not needed for him to understand the seriousness of what he did, according to the filing late Wednesday in Franklin County court. That conduct included Cordle’s decision to plead guilty as soon as possible without the usual months of back-and-forth court filings challenging evidence.
‘‘A fair sentence is imperative in this case in order to send a message to other offenders and society that taking responsibility and trying to make something positive come from such a horrendous tragedy is an exemplary way to face such a tragic situation,’’ defense attorneys George Breitmayer and Martin Midian said in the filing.
Cordle, 22, pleaded guilty last month to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol in the death of 61-year-old Vincent Canzani in June.
Cordle’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.