Mike Anderson set free: He was sentenced to 13 years in jail, but the police never came and it's now too late
Monday 05 May 2014
A Missouri man who was never taken into prison after being convicted in 2000 of armed robbery because of a ‘clerical error’ by the state was ordered sent home by a judge yesterday ending a long legal wrangle that began last summer when the mistake was discovered and he was belatedly put behind bars 13 years late.
Circuit Judge Terry Lynn Brown ruled that Cornealious ‘Mike’ Anderson, 37, should be set free without delay and allowed to return to his family in a suburb of St Louis where he had transformed himself into a business owner, husband, father and local school soccer coach before he was abruptly arrested last year.
The saga began in 2000 when, after being sentenced to 13 years behind bars for the stick-up of a Burger King manager, Anderson was told to await instructions on when to report to prison. They never came, however, and it was only when his sentence was coming to an end that anyone noticed he had never actually been summoned.
His plight drew national attention and in recent weeks more than 35,000 people signed an online petition calling for his release. His defence lawyers argued that his treatment had been cruel and unfair.
“You cannot expect much more of a man than to get married, father children, take care of those children, be an extremely involved parent, become a small business owner, become a responsible taxpayer,” Patrick Megaro said on behalf of his client ahead of the ruling by Judge Brown. Prosecutors had insisted, however, that it would be wrong simply to allow a convicted felon to avoid jail time because of a bureaucratic bungle.
Read more: The man they forgot to lock up
- 1 National Orgasm Day: Six reasons (plus one bogus one) why they're good for us
- 2 The 'world's most beautiful vagina' has been debunked by science
- 3 John Green schools morning show hosts after awkward interview with Cara Delevingne
- 4 Doctor Who: Christopher Eccleston says why he left the BBC series after just one series
- 5 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies: Wrestling legend dies aged 61, according to reports
What turns someone into a conspiracy theorist? Study to look at why some are more 'receptive' to such theories
Whoopi Goldberg tells Cara Delevingne to suck it up: 'She's not famous. I'M famous'
John Green schools morning show hosts after awkward interview with Cara Delevingne
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen mocked for wearing a burka to avoid being seen visiting plastic surgeon in Paris
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies: Wrestling legend dies aged 61, according to reports
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
£17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are a leading company in the field ...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£26041 - £34876 per annum: Recruitment Genius: There has never been a more exc...
£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing travel comp...