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6 1/2 Year Sentence For ‘I Killed A Man’ YouTube Confessor

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An image from the video confession of Matthew Cordle.

Matthew Cordle, whose "I killed a man" confession on YouTube went viral in September, has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for driving drunk and causing an accident that killed a 61-year-old man in Ohio on June 22.

Cordle, 22, faced a maximum sentence of about eight years.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fais:

"Sentenced Cordle to six years on [an] aggravated vehicular homicide charge and six months for drunken driving, to be served consecutively. He also had his driver's license suspended for life."

The Dispatch adds that:

"Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien had argued for the maximum sentence of eight years, saying in a memo that while Cordle spoke for nearly four minutes in his viral video, he neglected two simple words: 'I'm sorry.' ...

"Cordle's lawyers countered that he deserved less time, that a hefty prison sentence would not further rehabilitate an already-contrite man and discourage others from taking responsibility for their crimes. ...

"Cordle spoke at the end of the hearing.

" 'There is no fair sentence when it comes to losing a life,' he said. 'It should have been me that night ... instead of an innocent man.' "

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