Man Skips 13-Year Prison Sentence Due to Clerical Error

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – He skipped out on his prison term.

Now, the state of Missouri has to decide whether to let it slide or keep him locked up.

To hear Cornealious “Mike” Anderson tell it, he didn’t do it on purpose.

Back in 2000, Anderson was waiting to hear from state officials about when to turn himself in to serve 13 years for a robbery at a Burger King.

He says he never heard a thing, so thought they had changed their minds about putting him behind bars.

Instead, it was a clerical error that was only discovered recently when his name came up on a computer and authorities realized Anderson wasn’t in prison after all.

Now it’s up to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to decide whether Anderson, who hasn’t been in trouble since, should serve out his sentence.

Koster isn’t tipping his handhe declined our request for a comment, saying he didn’t want to be “out of sync” with his lawyer.

Anderson spoke with CBS News’ Dean Reynolds from prison a few days ago about the debacle.

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