Hearing for drunken driver in viral video delayed

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(HLN) — The Ohio man who confessed in a viral video that he killed another man while drinking and driving made his first court appearance Tuesday, but did not enter a plea.

Judge Julie Lynch quickly canceled Tuesday’s hearing in Franklin County, Ohio, and said Matthew Cordle will be arraigned Wednesday.

Before Tuesday’s proceedings, Cordle’s attorney, Martin Midian, told HLN that his client would likely plead not guilty at his arraignment, but that does not mean he is backing away from his confession, and Cordle still intends to plead guilty.

Cordle, 22, posted a video online on September 3 confessing to driving under the influence and killing 61-year-old Vincent Canzani June 22.

Several days after the video appeared online, Cordle turned himself in to authorities and was charged with aggravated manslaughter and driving under the influence.

“I take full responsibility for everything I’ve done to Vincent and his family,” Cordle said in the video. He also begged people watching the video to not drink and drive.

Midian said the initial not guilty plea will just be standard operating procedure, and his client will plead guilty at a later date.

The case will then move into the presentence investigation phase, where the probation department will conduct an investigation into the facts of the case.

Midian said he will also request that Cordle be released on bond until his sentencing, which may take place 30 days from now. Ron O’Brien, the attorney who is prosecuting the case, said that Cordle would face a maximum sentence of eight and a half years in prison if convicted.

By Graham Winch

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