Youtube DUI Confessor is now seeking leniency through his attorneys

Do you remember Matthew Cordle, the young man who posted a youtube confession to drunk driving which caused the death of Vincent Canzani.

In his confession, he claimed that he was not going to take the advice of any “high-powered” attorneys and instead was going to admit his guilt, and take his lumps in court.

Of course, I’ve had my doubts.

Guess what he’s up to now?  Would you believe standing next to his attorney while he argues for a lesser sentence?

From the Houston Chronicle:

Attorney Martin Midian, left, talks with Matthew Cordle in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus on Sept. 18, 2013. (AP file photo)

Attorney Martin Midian, left, talks with Matthew Cordle in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus on Sept. 18, 2013. (AP file photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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 argued in a court filing Thursday.

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 suggest a long sentence is not needed for him to understand the seriousness of what he did, according to the filing 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 June death of Vincent Canzani of suburban Columbus. Cordle’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Cordle faces eight years for the homicide and six months for the drunken driving — which likely would be folded into the overall sentence — a $15,000 fine and loss of driving privileges for life.

Cordle’s online video confession, made against the advice of lawyers and released in early September, has been viewed more than 2.2 million times.

County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, who has until Friday afternoon to respond, has said he plans to seek the maximum.

“I’ll be, at the time of sentencing, in a position of showing the kind of sentences given in this county for people that get large amounts of alcohol in their system and kill people, and it will not be a four-year sentence,” O’Brien said Sept. 18, the day Cordle pleaded guilty.

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