An Ohio man who confessed in a viral video that he killed a man while driving drunk kept his word Wednesday, pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.
Matthew Cordle, 22, appeared in a Columbus, Ohio courtroom as he told Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fais that he wanted to change his original plea entered on September 11 from not guilty to guilty.
“Yes, your honor,” said Cordle, confirming his plea to the judge.
Fais asked Cordle, who wore handcuffs and a khaki jail uniform at the hearing, multiple times about his decision-making on June 22, the date of the accident. Cordle told the judge he did not remember the events of that night because he “blacked out” from drinking too much.
Cordle also told Fais that he has not drank alcohol since the night of the accident, and he attended a two-week alcohol rehabilitation program.
Cordle made headlines when he posted a YouTube video on September 3 confessing to driving while drunk and killing 61-year old Vincent Canzani. Several days after the video appeared online, Cordle surrendered to authorities and was charged for his involvement in the wrong-way crash.
"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.
Fais said in court Monday that he had not seen the video of Cordle’s confession.
Cordle will be sentenced October 10. Ron O'Brien, the attorney who is prosecuting the case, told CNN that Cordle faces a maximum sentence of eight and a half years in prison for his charges.