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Man's YouTube killing confession may lead to charges

An Ohio man posts a video in which he admits to driving down a highway the wrong way and killing a 61-year-old man.

Sympathetic? BecauseISaidIWould/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

"I just drank to get out of my head for a few hours."

These are the words of 22-year-old Ohioan Matthew Cordle.

He could have lied. He did for a time. The incident happened on June 22. Then he released a YouTube video that contained his confession.

After he got out of his head, he drove the wrong way on a highway and struck 61-year-old Vincent Canzani.

He claims that he participated in the video even though he knows that lawyers might have been able to have his charges reduced or dropped.

However, he is ready to go to jail.

"I'm willing to take that sentence for just one reason," he said in the video. "And that reason is so that I can pass this message on to you."

"I'm begging you," he continued. "Please don't drink and drive."

It seems he may get his wish about jail.

The Washington Post reports that Ron O'Brien, the Franklin County, Ohio, prosecutor, intends to put the video and other evidence before a grand jury on Monday.

Cordle may face homicide charges.

In the video, he says he has struggled with depression. He has also struggled to control his drinking.

Still, it's a curious thing to make such a well-produced and public video to make a confession. Why not just go straight to the police, even if it's the next day?

When people are truly motivated by guilt, don't they do what is sometimes called "the right thing"?

Some might think that this video makes Cordle seem a little more of a sympathetic character. Might that have been its true intent?