The Man Who Was Never Sent To Prison Because Of A Clerical Error Has Been Set Free

A judge in Missouri has ordered the state to release Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, who was convicted of robbery in 2000 but never sent to prison, and who had been in custody since July 2013.

1. A Missouri judge on Monday set free Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, who has been jailed since last summer after corrections officials realized he had never gone to prison for a 2000 robbery conviction because of a clerical error.

AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections

2. Judge Terry Lynn Brown cited Anderson’s exemplary behavior during his 13 years out of prison before giving the accidental fugitive credit for the 4,794 days between the conviction and the arrest last July.

3. “You’ve been a good father. You’ve been a good husband. You’ve been a good tax-paying citizen of the state of Missouri,” said Judge Brown in a Charleston, Mo., courtroom. “That leads me to believe that you are a good man and a changed man.”

AP Photo/Courtesy Patrick Megaro

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