"I killed a man." We can't think of a statement at the moment that is more direct and forceful than that. But perhaps, "Because I said I would" could be seen as a close second (not related to the first statement, of course), as you see by the example outlined here.

The story of Matthew Cordle made news late last year after he admitted in a video posted to YouTube that he had been out drinking on the night of June 22, 2013, in Columbus, OH, when he was driving the wrong way on Interstate 670, struck a car being driven by Vincent Canzani and killed him. Those are the details of the case, and Cordle did indeed plead guilty to the charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and was, not surprisingly, sentenced to six and a half years in jail.

That's not nearly the whole story, though. In an thoughtful and intelligent piece from BuzzFeed, which is much more well-known for quick hits of internet click bait, contributor Joel Oliphint follows Cordle's case from beginning to end. As it turns out, this story and its video have had far-reaching effects that go well beyond the small town in Ohio where Cordle is now serving his jail time.

It's a long piece, but one that's well worth reading. Check it out after watching (or rewatching) Cordle's confession video below.


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      GR
      • 9 Months Ago
      I went to Costco yesterday and saw breathalyzers for $15. Should have got one. I may go back for it. It's good to have around to know (as in have data like a BAC) when you are ready to drive, not just relying on feel when you think you are OK to drive. It's also good to have for those stubborn friends who say they feel fine even after drinking. Hard to argue with a BAC level telling them they're illegal to drive.
        Koenigsegg
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GR
        or just dont drink disgusting alcohol... why drink that crap when water exists? actually keep drinking alcohol, more water for me
          Pj Taintz
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Koenigsegg
          obviously you dont know your history. for generations water was undrinkable for most of the people, alcohol was mandatory if you wanted to live as it kills germs where water allows bacteria and other microbes to grow
        jjamess101
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GR
        You're like that guy who turns on his signal light 10 feet before the turn because "it's the law" but with no regard for what signal lights are actually for (announcing your intention to others so they may act accordingly). If you want to get a device to see if you're technically over or not in the even you get pulled over, you've missed the forest for the trees. The fact is, if you've had a few, don't drive. Why is this so hard? I've easily noticed my judgement starting to slip well before the legal limit is reached.
        Pj Taintz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GR
        to be fair, Ive run tests on a handfull of BAC tests (my uncle is a cop) and any device under 200 bucks, you cant trust. Ive had ones tell me after 1 drink and 20 minutes and a glass of water that my BAC was 2.4 , 2.1, 0.3 ,1.3. All on test after the other. All other devices failed at similar rates. Even the roadside test from the cops was not accurate 100% of the time This is why if you ever get pulled over for driving and you are intoxicated do NOT bl;ow - opt for the blood test(no I am not condoning drinking and driving, but a glass of wine at dinner shouldnt cost you your drivers license)
      carnage
      • 9 Months Ago
      I don't care how sorry he is, he killed a man, so he himself needs to be given the death penalty, like all murderers and ALL repeat offenders. An eye for an eye. Murderers don't even deserve trials, they should just be killed on the spot. I couldn't care less what it says in the Constitution: it is outdated and irrelevant and it's just used by communist socialist bleeding heart liberals nowadays to give criminals more rights
        GR
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carnage
        carnage, You are confused. You criticize liberals, but also disregard the Constitution which is a big no-no among conservatives. You even understand why the Constitution exists? As an employee of a law agency working exactly one block away from the original Constitution, let me school you: it exists to protect the citizen from a governing authority, i.e. the government. Go read it sometime and you will see it was specifically written to protect someone's rights from an authority. Much like it gives someone the right to a firearm, it gives someone the right to legal defense. It is hardly outdated and irrelevant. That's what Amendments are for. With such hate of justice and the Constitution, why not move to North Korea? You have many of their values.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carnage
        So you don't like Liberals, but want the Constitution to go away? What are you exactly? Just a troll?
        R.t Voll
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carnage
        I'm sorry but that is the most disgusting thing I have ever read. I don't think you know what it like to be drunk. You are in a different state of mind and your judgement is impaired. This man made a mistake. He screwed up big time but at least he owned up to it. It's clear he feels disgusted by what he has done and he took full responsibility for his actions. No one deserves to die.
          R.t Voll
          • 9 Months Ago
          @R.t Voll
          I wasn't trying to use alcohol as an excuse and I'm not saying he should get off easy. I think 6.5 years is too lenient. I am just saying I don't think anyone truly deserves to die.
        Pj Taintz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carnage
        good troll, good troll. communists and socialists hate the constitution, that was your giveaway
      Ducman69
      • 9 Months Ago
      That pretentious douche, and I can't believe there are people simple minded enough to fall for that ploy. "I will take full responsibility for what I've done, because I said I would" What a crock of BS! The evidence was overwhelming, so its not like he got off scott free and then turned himself in anyway. *rolleyes* Probably his lawyers idea to feign penance and do community service in exchange for a greatly reduced sentence. You know what would have served justice and created just as much deterrent factor and public awareness? THROW THE BOOK AT HIM and ruin his life the way he ruined others.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 9 Months Ago
      So he killed someone and sentenced to 6 years in jail............more like 1.5 years with good behavior. That's what happens when daddy can hire an movie director to "tell your story".
        autoblogfan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        http://becauseisaidiwould.com/mattssentence/ "Matthew Cordle has been sentenced to 6.5 years in prison with no chance of early release and a lifetime driver’s license suspension. "
        Jarda
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        and now go and read the article
        CoffeeJones
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        what the hell kind of world do you live in?
        FuelToTheFire
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        And who would you prefer going easy on? A kid from a successful, respectable family, or some ignorant peasant commoner from a degenerate welfare leech family? Thinking like your's is why our country is in the toilet.
      As The Crow Flies
      • 9 Months Ago
      He sounds very sincere, very ernest. He doesn't want anyone else to have to live through what he has put that other family through. He will carry this with him for the rest of his life and hopefully will serve as a living reminder to other young folks not to drink and drive. If even one kid thinks of this guy and then chooses not to get behind the wheel, then this video has done what it set out to do: save lives.
      Tina Dang
      • 9 Months Ago
      Give him the death penalty dammit
      Patrick Corcoran
      • 9 Months Ago
      It was good of him to spare his victim's family (not to mention tax payers) a trial, but 6 and a half years isn't nearly enough.
        Bryan Rex
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Patrick Corcoran
        I dont' know what you think is enough, I am sure he has learned his lesson and him rotting in prison won't bring the victim back. I think that is plenty of time for him to torture himself with the bad memories and the fact that he owned up and tried to help others proves enough to me.
        phlavor
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Patrick Corcoran
        Not sure if I agree. The tax payers are paying a quarter million for him to be incarcerated for a lesson he's already learned. I don't have a better solution, but I'd rather he remain a productive member of society a give the family that money than burden the tax payers.
        kuntknife
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Patrick Corcoran
        There's 2 ways to view prison; a means to punish someone, and a means to separate someone from society until they're ready to be re-integrated back into society safely. Humans want to punish those who are bad, but the *real* goal should be to keep society safe. I'd much rather have someone like Matthew back in society in a few years than someone who spent 20 years in prison for killing someone in cold blood and hasn't felt a bit of remorse. I highly doubt Matthew will relapse.
      Love Great Danes
      • 9 Months Ago
      No excuse for his actions, there is absolutely no reason to drive drunk or text while driving, for that matter. He should pay for HIS decision to drive drunk to the fullest extent of the law. But it is nice for somone to actually say "I did this, I take responsibility" instead of trying to blame it on someone or something else.
      Camaroman101
      • 9 Months Ago
      scumbag. its always easy to be sorry afterwards when nothing can be done to reverse an accident. so probably 3 years with good behavior for murder. Kind of ironic he's making a drunk driving campaign (either thinking he'll make a difference or to appear sincere to get his sentence reduced) when he didn't listen or pay attention to any of the countless ones already out there.
      mikemaj82
      • 9 Months Ago
      That's ok. He'll be in jail for the next six years with free room and board. Meanwhile 70,000 people per week in the U.S. are becoming long-term unemployed without benefits because Congress did not renew emergency compensation and there no jobs anywhere because all of these people are "overqualified". But yea, let them lose their house and not be able to feed their families and let this murderer sit in jail for free.
      Jason Coleman
      • 9 Months Ago
      I know this is a much smaller topic than the issue in this story, but what the hell? " As it turns out, this story and its video have had far-reaching effects that go well beyond the SMALL TOWN in Ohio where Cordle is now serving his jail time." I'm FROM Columbus, it is one of the larger cities in America. I really don't know what more our city can do to get people around the country to stop thinking this whole town is nothing more than a college and a dairy farm, but for someone to write that sentence in an article like this is terrible journalism. Columbus is the 15th largest city in America by population. Again, i know it doesn't matter that much, but it does get under my skin a bit...
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