Matthew Cordle. Photo: YouTube.
CLEVELAND -- Before he even went to police, Matthew Cordle contacted a Cleveland man who agreed to tape, edit, and post his video confession.
This is one of the first times, that we're aware of, where a voluntary, YouTube confession led to an actual, paper indictment.
"On June 22nd, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani," confesses Matthew Cordle.
Watch Cordle's video confession
Before he uttered those words on a YouTube video, Matthew Cordle, 22, was just a suspect in a deadly, drunk driving case.
"I take full responsibility for everything I've done," says Cordle.
But now, thanks to a three-and-a-half minute video confession, Cordle was indicted Monday on charges of driving drunk and killing Canzani, 61, a Navy veteran and father of two.
On June 22, 2013, Cordle was driving drunk when he drove the wrong way on an interstate in Columbus.
He says he woke up in the hospital after blacking out.
Then, he contacted attorneys who said they could get him off, but he didn't want to lie, so he contacted a Cleveland man, Alex Sheen.
"He's taking full responsibility for an action that ended a man's life," says Sheen.
Sheen is the founder of the website: www.becauseIsaidIwould.com
It's a website that was born in Cleveland and encourages people to write down and stay true to their word.
Cordle sent Sheen a message on Facebook.
Because I said I would Facebook page
"He wanted to put good in this world. I said, well, we could make a video," says Sheen.
And they did. Less than three months after the accident, and before he even went to police, Cordle confessed to Sheen and to the world.
About 1.2 million people have watched the video, including the prosecutor in this case, who said the video confession would be used to charge Cordle with aggravated vehicular homicide.
"When I get charged, I will plead guilty," says Cordle.
He will have that chance Tuesday (Sept. 10) when he's arraigned in Columbus.
Sheen adds, "It's about the promise we make to never drink and drive that's going to make this all worth it."