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Man confesses in viral video to killing a man
"I killed a man"
It begins with a man concealed, speaking sobering words. "Just trying to have a good time but I lost control." Then, his face-- and a chilling confession are revealed.
"My name is Matthew Cordle and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani."
"I will plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I have done."
The video came as a shock to Canzani's family.
"It brings up a lot of emotion as far as this has gone. He'll never be back. And this video is just kind of a reminder of it. And this man is going to have to live with that for the rest of his life."
"If I took a different route maybe I would get a reduced sentence maybe I would get off but I won't dishonor Vincent's memory by lying about what happened."
"It is a compelling piece of evidence as well as a compelling statement by the offender."
Franklin County prosecutor, Ron O'Brien viewed the video several times.
O'Brien says despite this apparently conscientious confession. His office will consult with Canzani's family and recommend a lengthy sentence.
"Obviously would it be prison sentence and I presume based on the facts apart from the video, it would be on the high end."
And what does the victim's family think about what sort of punishment is due?
"That's a tough question. Because he made a decision that took a man's life. I honestly can't answer that. I don't know how to feel."
"...I'm giving the prosecution everything they need to put me away for a very long time."
The person who Cordle first contacted about wanting to publicly confess was Alex Sheen.
Sheen runs a website called "I said I would' , a site where people make public commitments.
"I believe he should be treated fairly like everybody in the legal system. I can say that he feels guilty. I know this much but the intent of this video is never to get him a lighter sentence."
Ultimately, Sheen says Cordle's goal, is to help stop others from drinking and driving.
"Your victims can still be saved so please."
The prosecution plans to charge Cordle with aggravated vehicular homicide as well as driving under the influence.
That carries a maximum sentence of up to 8 and half years in prison.
And now that the prosecution has this confession, they could present their case to the grand jury as soon as next week.
Cordle's lawyer said he was not aware the video had been released, but called it a testament to the integrity and character of his client.