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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.

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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.

"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."

Anderson's family was on hand and burst into tears as the judge read his decision. After being granted his freedom, Anderson hugged his wife and daughter.

Mike Anderson and his wife hug in courtroom after he is freed. #kmov

Russell Kinsaul@russellkinsaul

Mike Anderson and his wife hug in courtroom after he is freed. #kmov

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