Missouri Man Who Never Served Sentence for Robbery 13 Years Ago Awaits Prison Term After Leading a Crime-Free Life

Cornealious ‘Mike’ Anderson, surrounded by his four children and his wife, LaQonna, is waiting on word from the Missouri Attorney General’s office.
Cornealious ‘Mike’ Anderson, surrounded by his four children and his wife, LaQonna, is waiting on word from the Missouri Attorney General’s office.

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.

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Source: New York Daily News | 

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