Prosecutor seeks maximum for Ohio DUI confessor

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Posted: Oct 18, 2013 12:55 AM
Prosecutor seeks maximum for Ohio DUI confessor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor is ready to explain why he's seeking the maximum sentence for a man who confessed in an online video to killing another driver in a wrong-way crash after a night of drinking.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says he believes the confession by Matthew Cordle was sincere but still plans to ask a judge for an eight-year sentence.

O'Brien is expected to file his sentencing request in Franklin County court by early Friday afternoon. Sentencing for the 22-year-old Cordle is Wednesday.

Cordle's attorneys are pushing for a sentence much lower than the mandatory eight years. They say that would send a message about the value of taking responsibility for a tragedy.

Cordle pleaded guilty to causing the crash that killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani in June.