Missouri Judge Frees Man Who Was Never Sent to Prison for Robbery

Missing Order Allowed Cornaelious Anderson to Remain Free Until Last Year.

This undated photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows Cornealious Anderson. Anderson was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, sentenced to 13 years in jail and told to await instruction on when to report to prison. Those instructions never came and he went on about his life until the clerical error was caught in 2013. Anderson's attorney says Anderson was not a fugitive, was never on the run and has filed an appeal seeking the release of the married father of three he described as a model citizen. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)

CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri judge has freed a man who was convicted of robbery in 2000 but never sent to prison until a clerical mistake was discovered last year.

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was 23 when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in the robbery of an assistant manager of a fast-food restaurant. He told The Associated Press last month that he waited, and even asked, about going to prison, but the order never came.

On Monday, a Mississippi County judge heard arguments and granted Anderson his immediate freedom.

In the years since his conviction, Anderson started his own construction-related businesses, married and had children. He also coached youth football and volunteered at his church in Webster Groves.


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