TODAY   |  October 19, 2013

Man who confessed to DUI awaits sentence

The Ohio man who used an online video to confess to killing someone while drunk driving will soon find out how long he’ll be in prison. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>>> days before his sentencing.

>> reporter: it may be the most viewed confession that he'll ever, more than 2 million hits on youtube.

>> on june 22nd , 2013 , i hit and killed vincent canzoni.

>> reporter: now authorities say that video made before he was ever charged is one reason the judge should be lenient when sentencing the 22-year-old.

>> what we would like is for the judge to look at the person who made the video. look at his character, his integrity and his courage.

>> reporter: he was already a suspect in the death of the 61-year-old navy veteran and father when he made the video. but his attorneys say cordle has taken responsibility for the crime by turning himself in and pleading guilty and spreading his message to don't drink and drive. police say his remorse could mean leniency on a six-month dui sentence but on the vehicular homicide they are asking for the maximum.

>> you have a tragic crime taking place and it's not surprising that the prosecution is taking a tough stance on this case and only insisting on the eight years in jail.

>> reporter: cordle talked to me before turning himself in last month.

>> i hope the canzoni family can get closure on this and i pray they find peace someday and people take my message at heart.

>> reporter: one of the daughter angry about his father's death is supposed to speak at the sentencing before the judge decides on how much time cordle should serve.