Shortly after 22 year old Ohio man Matthew Cordle posted this video on Youtube, which has received 1.2 million views, he was indicted on charges of aggravated vehicular manslaughter.
He plans to plead guilty. Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Cordle’s blood alcohol level was 0.19% after the fatal June crash – over twice the legal limit.
In an e-mail to USA Today, O’Brien said that he will seeking the maximum sentence (8-1/2 years) for Cordle because of the seriousness of the crime, but that he was impressed by the video.
“When I viewed the video the first time – and I would say every time since – I found it to be a very compelling video that seemed to sincerely express genuine remorse.”
On the video Cordle says “I can’t bring Mr. Canzani back. I can’t erase what I’ve done….I’m begging you, please don’t drink and drive.”
The cynic in me says Cordle made the calculation that the blood test would nail him to the wall, but that his public mea culpa might gain him some leniency. The optimist in me says, “Wow, what he did is awful, but at least he’s taking what politicans call ‘accountability’ for his actions.”