Man who went to prison 13 years late ordered released

CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) - A judge decided a man convicted of robbery in 2000, but never sent to prison due to a clerical error will not have to go to prison for the crime.

A judge decided that Cornealious "Mike" Anderson should be immediately released during a hearing on Monday.The St. Louis County man was convicted of robbery in 2002 and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

He was never sent to prison due to a Missouri Department of Corrections clerical error. When the error was caught last year, he was imprisoned, despite leading a crime-free life in the intervening years, when he married, started his own businesses and coached youth football.

Mississippi County Associate Circuit Judge Terry Lynn Brown said he carefully weighed all the arguments and said keeping Anderson in prison for a full 13 years would serve no purpose. He said the life Anderson has led as a husband, businessman, and community volunteer shows he is a good and changed man."You're a free man," Judge Brown said and told Anderson to go back to his family.

Judge Brown ordered Anderson freed from the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Missouri. He has been there since July 2013."I thank the public, thank you, I can cut my hair, get all this off my face," Anderson said pointing to his beard.

"He's going to have the best night's sleep he'll ever had in his own bed," said Patrick Megaro, Anderson's attorney. "Tomorrow morning, he's going to wake up and taste freedom."Anderson's family erupted in tears. His wife, Laqonna Anderson, said was jumping for joy.

Anderson and his wife have four children.An online petition on includes more than 35,000 signatures urging the state to set Anderson free.According to Anderson's attorney, this is the kind of error that hasn't happened in Missouri since 1912. The judge said he's never seen anything like it.The victim of the armed robbery has said he feels that Anderson should be released.Anderson was released without any parole restrictions.


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