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Ohio man gets 6 years in fatal DUI

Matthew Cordle, who confessed to vehicular homicide in an online video, said “it should have been me that night.”
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Matthew Cordle, who confessed to vehicular homicide in an online video, said “it should have been me that night.”

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man was sentenced Wednesday to 6½ years in prison for causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking, which he had confessed to in an online video.

Matthew Cordle, 22, had faced up to 8½ years in prison. ‘‘Whatever my sentence may be, there’s no fair sentence when it comes to the loss of a life,’’ Cordle told the judge before the sentence was handed down.

Franklin County Judge David Fais sentenced Cordle to six years for aggravated vehicular homicide and six months for driving under the influence of alcohol. He also revoked his driving privileges for life.

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Cordle apologized to the family of his victim, Vincent Canzani, who was killed in the June crash.

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‘‘It should have been me that night, the guilty party, instead of an innocent man,’’ he said.

His guilty plea last month came a week after he was indicted in a speedy process absent the numerous court filings that can cause such cases to take months to resolve.

Judge Fais read a letter from Canzani’s ex-wife who said she believed the victim would not have wanted a maximum sentence. She said she believes Cordle will keep his promise never to drink and drive again.

Associated Press