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TODAY   |  September 06, 2013

‘I killed a man’ confession video goes viral

22 year-old Matthew Cordle made a shocking video, confessing to being drunk when he slammed into another car in June and killed a man. The chilling video ends with Cordle’s personal message, “I’m begging you. Don’t drink and drive.” NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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>> pretty stunning new youtube video posted. it's the apparent confession of a zrung driver that decided to come forward in a public way. mara has details. good morning.

>> willie, good morning. it's not your typical viral sid owe. in the 3 1/2 minute clip called i killed ayman . he confesses to being drunk when he slammed into another driver this summer killing ayman . it's stirring up controversy with many praising him. ayman who by his own words is responsible for a senseless death.

>> reporter: the chilling online video begins in darkness with these words.

>> i killed ayman .

>> reporter: ayman 's face blurred, traumatic music playing as he confesses to a fatal drunk driving accident.

>> i ended up going the wrong way down the highway directly into oncoming traffic.

>> reporter: the blur disappears as the young man takes full responsibility.

>> my name is matthew cordell and on june 22nd , 2013 , i hit and killed vincent. this video will act as my confession.

>> reporter: he contacted the website because i said i would to make the video against what he says were his attorneys wishes.

>> they were convinced they could get my blood test thrown out and all i would have to do is lie.

>> reporter: the site's facebook page stresses because i said i would does not believe that matt should be praised as a hero. matt made an irresponsible choice to drink and drive that ended an innocent man's life. his attorney isn't commenting on the case but tells nbc station wcmh that the video shows matthew's character, bravery and integrity and he fully intends to cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors throughout the course of my proceeding. while he awaits possible charges in ohio, his lasting message online is a very personal request.

>> i'm begging you, please don't drink and drive.

>> reporter: now the family of the man that died in the accident has been equally critical of the positive comments that the video received on social media . while he has not yet been charged. prosecutors are reportedly planning to ask a grand jury to diet him for ago rangers sated vehicular homicide with an alcohol specification. that charge carries a maximum of 8 years in prison. willie, savannah.