COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A sentencing hearing for a 22-year-old Ohio man who caused a fatal crash after a night of heavy drinking has begun with a video of him confessing being played in court.
Matthew Cordle faces up to eight years in prison for the June crash that killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani.
Cordle confessed to the crime in an online video that went viral.
During Wednesday's hearing, the judge read a letter from Canzini's ex-wife who said she believed he wouldn't have wanted a maximum sentence. She said she believes Cordle will keep his promises never to drink and drive again
His daughter asked for the maximum sentence, saying her father "got a death sentence and did nothing wrong."
Cordle's father told Canzani's family that his heart was filled with sorrow at their loss and he hopes someday they can forgive his son.