Driver From Online Confession Video Expected To Plead Guilty In Court Appearance

UPDATED: Tuesday September 10, 2013 6:20 PM

A Columbus driver who made an online video confessing to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after drinking heavily is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday.
In a video posted last week, Matthew Cordle admits that he killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani, of suburban Columbus, on June 22. He says in the video that he will plead guilty and take full responsibility.

Cordle made a brief court appearance on Tuesday. At that time, the judge said that the arraignment would have to be moved to Wednesday.

Judge Julie Lynch said she became irritated when she learned that Cordle would only plead guilty if she agreed ahead of time to give him a certain amount of time in prison.

The judge said at that point, she pulled the plug on hearing the case.

“What I don’t support is that you say, ‘Let’s do this. What are you going to do? We don’t like what you’re going to do. Now, we’re not going to do that,’” Lynch said.

Cordle’s attorney denies that was his intention but rather said that he wanted his client to plead guilty as fast as humanly possible.

“Our intentions are for Matt to plead not guilty and then plead guilty as fast as humanly possible,” said George Breitmayer III

Matthew Cordle’s attorney says his client will plead not guilty Wednesday in arraignment court with the hope a sentencing judge will be chosen soon so he can plead guilty.

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien says the 22-year-old Powell man faces up more than eight years in prison if convicted.
Cordle also is charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

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