I hope this guy is sincere and that this helps someone. It would appear to be a real attempt to make amends.
A 22-year-old from Ohio posted a video in which he admitted to driving his car while drunk and killing a man. In the video, Matthew Cordle said he was driving the wrong way down a Columbus highway on the night of June 22, and crashed into a car driven by 61-year-old Vincent Canzani.
Columbus police, who identified Cordle as a suspect in the fatal crash, concluded their investigation and have recommended that he face indictment for aggravated vehicular homicide with an alcohol specification, Franklin County Prosecutor spokeswoman Christy McCreary told The Times. Under the charge, Cordle could be sentenced to two to eight years in prison, McCreary said. The final investigation report has been sent by police to prosecutors for consideration by a grand jury on Monday.
Whether that video benefits or hurts Cordle’s case isn’t the issue, said Alex Sheen, the video’s maker, reached Friday by telephone from Cleveland. Sheen, 28, founded and runs the nonprofit Because I Said I Would, which describes itself on its website as “a social movement dedicated to the importance of a promise.” Sheen posted Cordle’s confession on his organization’s website and social media profiles. In the video, Cordle holds up a card with a note reading, “I will take full responsibility for what I’ve done.”
Sheen said Cordle messaged him in early August, out of the blue, and that the two had no prior relationship. In Cordle, Sheen said he saw “insurmountable” guilt and sincere remorse — not a bid for Internet fame or leniency on the part of the criminal justice system. “People are praising him like some sort of hero — but that’s not what this video is for,” Sheen said. “He’s going to be arrested soon…. He just wanted to try to convince people not to drink and drive.”