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Man Who Never Served Sentence Awaits Prison Term After Leading Crime-free Life

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1756947

He's a pretty average guy — father of four, owns his home, pays his taxes, volunteers at his family's church.

Except for that prison thing.

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson, of St. Louis, was sentenced to 13 years behind bars in 2000 for helping to rob a Burger King manager. After posting bail, he waited for word on when he should surrender himself to the Missouri penal system.

He waited a really long time.

Meanwhile, he got married. He fathered four children. He coached his son's football team. He joined a church and started small businesses of his own, including a contractor service. He never left the St. Louis area.

Thirteen years went by.

Last summer, after state officials realized their mistake, a SWAT team descended on Anderson's house and dragged him off to jail.

On Tuesday, he was waiting again, this time for a ruling from the state Attorney General's office on whether he must serve that sentence.

"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 Daily News on Tuesday.

Megaro said some kind of clerical error resulted in his client staying free all these years. Anderson, he said, assumed state officials had changed their mind about his prison sentence.

"He's no legal expert," said Megaro, who entered the case last summer after Anderson was picked up. "He relied on his lawyer," who has since retired, Megaro said. His predecessor also thought Anderson was in prison, the new attorney said.

So why is Anderson dealing with this now?

Under the prison term he never served, Anderson was supposed to be released last year. As the paperwork process unfolded, state prison authorities realized Anderson wasn't incarcerated.

And so he was arrested.

"This man is not a fugitive," Megaro said. "He didn't try to hide."

He built a life and he never got in trouble with the law again.

An online petition at change.org has gathered more than 14,000 signatures calling for Anderson's freedom.

photo 1- Anderson with his family
photo 2- Anderson's wife
photo 3- Anderson's mug shot

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Anderson, he said, assumed state officials had changed their mind about his prison sentence.
Because that's how it works.

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Because that's how it works.
Lol Right? I think it was wishful thinking on his part.

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http://news.yahoo.com/man-avoided-pr...171559487.html

Man who avoided prison is overwhelmed by support

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public.

Meanwhile, the Missouri attorney general signaled that he would look for a way to take Cornealious "Mike" Anderson's many years of clean living into account in attempting to resolve the "difficult situation."

Anderson, who was convicted in 2000 of armed robbery for holding up a restaurant manager in suburban St. Louis, said he was cheered by inmates and guards at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston after his story appeared this week in news accounts.

An online petition urging his release has collected nearly 30,000 signatures, and one of Anderson's attorneys said Friday that the office has been flooded with calls from people who feel he has been wronged.

"It's a little overwhelming and embarrassing to me, but I can't thank people enough," Anderson said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "Everybody here has been positive, the prisoners and the correctional officers. I've had other prisoners tell me it gives them hope."

Anderson, who had never been convicted of a serious crime, was sentenced to 13 years. Authorities told him to wait for orders that would specify when and where he was to report to prison.

But the orders never came, so he didn't go. Anderson suspected that his case had been overlooked and asked his former attorney what to do.

"He said it's a mistake, and they're going to figure it out — be prepared to be taken into custody," Anderson recalled. "Day by day, month by month, year by year, time passed, and they never picked me up."

So Anderson went about his life, never trying to conceal his whereabouts or identity. He married, divorced, married again. He raised three children of his own and a stepchild, owned and operated three construction businesses. He coached his son's youth football team in Webster Groves, outside St. Louis, and ran the video operation at his church.

In July, Anderson's sentence was supposed to end. When someone at the Missouri Department of Corrections tried to begin the process of releasing him from prison, the agency realized he had never been put behind bars.

Anderson said he was just getting up around 6:30 a.m. on a hot July day when he heard a bang on the front door.

"It was one of those, 'Hey, open up the door!' type knocks," Anderson said. "I said, 'Who is it?' They said, 'U.S. marshals. Open up, or we'll knock the door down.'"

Anderson peered through the curtain and saw eight armed marshals.

"They had shields and helmets. They had the streets blocked off. I said, 'You've got the wrong person.' One of them said, 'You remember 13 years ago when you were supposed to be incarcerated?'"

Anderson, 37, was alone at the time except for his 2-year-old daughter. The marshals immediately took custody of the girl. By noon that day, Anderson was at a state prison in Fulton. He stayed there until he was transferred to Charleston a day before Thanksgiving.

"It was a nightmare," Anderson said. "The only thing I could think about was my wife and my kids."

Attorney General Chris Koster said Thursday that his goal was to suggest a way for the court to balance the seriousness of Anderson's crime with the clerical error made by the justice system and Anderson's conduct since the robbery.

"All three factors deserve recognition in resolving this difficult situation," Koster said.

Jaime Halscott, another of Anderson's attorneys, said Gov. Jay Nixon's office has also been asked to consider commuting the sentence or pardoning Anderson. Nixon's spokesman did not immediately return a message on Friday seeking comment.

"He's been rehabilitated," Halscott said of Anderson. "There's no need to protect the community, and even if you want your pound of flesh, he's been in prison nine months. At the end of the day, there's no good argument that this man should be in prison."

Anderson's attorneys filed an appeal in February calling his imprisonment unfair and unjust. Attorney Patrick Megaro said the last time something like this happened in Missouri was 1912, and that person was not forced to serve his sentence.

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the pic of his wife, haha

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