COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated vehicular homicide.
Matthew Cordle, 22, also pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol at a hearing in Franklin County Court. He had entered a preliminary plea of innocent last week in a procedural move allowing a judge to be appointed to accept the guilty plea.
Cordle said little during Wednesday's hearing, simply replying, "Yes, your honor," as the judge asked him a series of questions.
Cordle wanted to plead guilty to make good on his pledge to accept responsibility for the crash, according to his lawyers. They are weighing whether to seek Cordle's release on bond before sentencing to allow him to spread his anti-drunken-driving message.