Cordle To Appear In Court Today

Sep 10, 2013

The Powell driver who made an online video confessing to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after drinking heavily is scheduled for his first court appearance today.

 Jim Letizia reports.

22-year-old Matthew Cordle turned himself in on Monday. In the 3 1/2-minute video posted last week, Cordle admits that he drove the wrong way on I-670 last June , killing 61-year-old Vincent Canzani. His attorneys, Martin Midian and George Breitmayer, say he made the video in order to raise awarness of drunken driving and give some closure to the Canzani family. The attorneys say they advised Cordle not to make the video. But they say he will enter a not-guilty plea to a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide as a technicality in order to get the case assigned to a judge and then will plead guilty to the charge. Midian says the charge carries a maximum sentence of eight and a half years in prison, but he hopes the judge will take the confession into account and impose a lower sentence. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says Cordle’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, and he will ask a judge to impose the maximum sentence. Cordle also is charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence.