A judge sentenced Matthew Cordle to 6 1/2 years in prison on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Cordle gained national attention when he made an online video confessing to a fatal drunk driving crash in June that killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani.
On Wednesday, Cordle read a statement to the court before his sentencing.
"True punishment is simply living, living with knowledge I took an innocent life, that I damaged the lives of Vincent's family and friends. That pain will never go away," he said.
The Franklin County Prosecutor has asked Judge David Fais for the maximum 8 year sentence, saying Cordle drove despite a history of blackouts after heavy drinking.
The judge told the court that there will be people who think the sentence is too lenient and some who feel it is too harsh.
The daughter of the victim offered her first in-depth comments about the crash in a statement to the court.
"I've heard time and time again about a message, but the message I do not want to send is if you hit and kill someone, all you have to do is admit to it later and get leniency," Angela Canzani said.
Cordle's attorneys asked for a sentence below the maximum to send a message about the value of taking responsibility for a tragedy.
While some prisoners have an opportunity for an early release, that’s not the case for Cordle's who will be required to spend the entire 6 ½ years in jail.
The judge also banned Cordle from ever getting another driver's license for the rest of his life.
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