Clerical Error Lets Man Convicted Of Robbery Go Free For 13 Years. He Gets Married & Has 4 Kids. Now He's Been Arrested. Should He Serve Time? *UPDATE* Judge Frees Cornealious (Mike) Anderson [Video]

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A Missouri man is waiting to hear whether or not he will have to serve time for a crime he was convicted of in 2000.

St. Louis resident Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was convicted of the armed robbery of a Burger King manager and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. He posted bail, went home and waited for authorities to contact him to let him know where to report to begin his sentence.

The call never came. Meanwhile Anderson moved on with his life. He got married, had four kids, joined a church, stayed out of trouble with the law and started a contracting business. He continued living in the St. Louis area.

Last summer state prison officials started processing the paperwork for Anderson's release when they realized he wasn't incarcerated.

A team of Swat members were sent to Anderson's home and took him into custody.

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson

Anderson and his wife, LaQonna, are hoping by some miracle the Attorney General decides not to make him serve the time he was originally sentenced to.

LaQonna Anderson wants her husband freed

"I'm hoping that there is a way for them to save face while still allowing him to stay free," Patrick Michael Megaro, Anderson's attorney, told the New York Daily News on Tuesday. "He's no legal expert. He relied on his lawyer. This man is not a fugitive. He didn't try to hide."

An online petition has been started at in the hopes Anderson will be freed. So far it has gathered more than 18,742 signatures.

Should Anderson still have to spend 13 years in prison?

**UPDATE** May 6

Cornealious (Mike) Anderson walks out of the Mississippi County Courthouse along with his wife, daughter Nevaeh, 3, and grandmother.

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson had been sitting in a maximum security Missouri prison cell since last summer hoping that the justice system would realize that he'd become a changed man since his armed robbery conviction 13 years ago.

Anderson was convicted of the crime and sentenced to 13-years in prison, but a clerical error left him a free man until the state discovered the error and arrested him.

The St. Louis resident had gotten married, stayed out of trouble and had four kids during the time he was free. On Monday, May 5, Anderson and his family heard the words they had hoped and prayed for.

"You've been a good father. You've been a good husband. You've been a good taxpaying citizen of the State of Missouri," Judge Terry Lynn Brown said, granting Anderson's request for release.. "That leads me to believe that you are a good man and a changed man."

Cornealious (Mike) Anderson hugs his grandmother after being freed

Anderson said the hardest thing was watching his family go through this difficult period. He never allowed any of his children to visit him in prison.

"I don't think any child should have to see their father or loved one like that," he said on "Today." "I didn't want my children to feel that that was normal, something that's acceptable."

After spending the last nine months in a prison cell Anderson is now reunited with his family.

"I'm so thankful, thank God for everything," Anderson said outside of the courthouse.

Man Who Missed Most of Prison Sentence Goes Free

Man Freed After Clerical Error Caused 13-Year Sentence Delay

Sources: New York Daily News and Associated Press

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Comment by Henry_corp on May 8, 2014 at 10:36am
this is the beginning .. alot more others to save
Comment by Tdubl on May 6, 2014 at 7:39pm
Good s***. I bet they ain't forget to attach that felony to his name now. They said they let him out but, do he still got to rock with that conviction from now on? or did he get acquitted? Everything he was able to do is going to be 10 times harder with a felony conviction. I got a few homies that done changed but, still stuck under a glass ceiling cause of felonies. I hope things work out for him though. At least he get to see his kids everyday.
Comment by SMP on May 6, 2014 at 4:39pm
Well done, happy for him and his family
Comment by marcus on May 6, 2014 at 12:22pm
well done
Comment by URKILLER on May 6, 2014 at 12:19pm
Lmao! That's what's up.
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on May 6, 2014 at 12:07pm
Based on his broad gum lime I bet he wanted to do dat time!!
Comment by Daphenous Reid on May 6, 2014 at 11:37am
Comment by WHOOOO on May 6, 2014 at 11:19am
it took them 9 months for them to figure out if he was a changed man or not? anyway, I am glad he's free now and its the best news i heard today.
Comment by on April 16, 2014 at 12:09pm
The purpose of incarceration is to reform (criminal correction system). This man have obviously been reformed after spending 13 years with out any incident and having changed his life around. What would the system be proving by sending him to jail now. this man started a family and a business, contributing to society. Sending him to jail will violate the intent of the system.
Comment by soundscan on April 16, 2014 at 11:45am

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