Devoted Father of 4 Suddenly Goes to Prison Thanks to Unbelievable Mistake

A loving and devoted husband and father of four is suddenly going to spend 13 years in prison -- all because of a clerical error. Oh, and the fact that Cornealious 'Mike' Anderson III was sentenced to prison in 2000. But someone forgot to put him there. Yes, simply forgot about it. So Mike, not being stupid, didn't remind anyone that he was supposed to be in prison, and got on with his life. He became a carpenter, started a business, married, and had a family. Until one day there was a knock at the door ...

Last year, as Mike slept in the home he himself built for his wife and kids, enjoying the fruits of his success, a SWAT team swarmed the home. Mike was arrested in front of his 2-year-old daughter, put in prison, and has been there ever since.

See, Mike had been sentenced to 13 years in prison for an armed robbery he committed when he was 22. But due to some kind of clerical error, he was never brought to prison.

In fact, no one knew he wasn't there until it was time for his release, and someone realized, Whoops, the guy isn't here!

Instead of doing hard time, Mike was being a productive citizen, going to church, coaching youth football, staying out of trouble, and raising a family. His business partner says he doesn't drink or even cuss. According to all, even the prosecutors, he is a perfect upstanding tax-paying citizen and family man.

Mike never went on the run. He stayed in the same town, used his same name. He even registered his contracting business under his real name and address.

But when no one came to get him, he went on with his life. Ya blame him? Now he sits in prison because the state wants its time. Understandable.

But now he's the kind of citizen we need in society. And now he's locked away, where his children won't have him. Now we have four children at risk of growing up into dysfunctional adults. Not to mention that Mike's wife will have to give up the business because she can't run it by herself and raise four kids -- this whole family might end up on the taxpayers' dime.

No, it's not fair to the others who have had to serve their time and didn't get the blessing of a clerical error. But let's show some mercy on this guy.

Mike's crime? Stealing $2000 from a Burger King. His weapon? A BB gun.

Right? Nope. But 13 years? When an "affluenza teen" who kills four people in a drunk driving accident gets no prison time, and the taxpayers pick up the majority of his rehab stay?

In fact, Mike was sentenced to MORE time in prison than the guy who robbed the fast food joint with him, despite the fact that he cooperated with police and the other guy didn't. Even the Burger King employee who was robbed says he shouldn't have gone back to prison.

Mike will be the first person to admit he was not a good citizen as a young adult. But he has been since. Doesn't that count for something?

A petition has been started to get Mike released from prison and back to his family. I hope it works.

Do you think he should be released? Or serve the full 13 year sentence? Or something in between?


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Mum2k... Mum2kj823

That is crazy. It's not his fault for their mistake but he shouldn't get off to easy. I understand he's a changed man, but I'm pretty sure there's others who have changed as well.

Mille... Miller0305

Do the crime,pay the time. I don't know why we should feel sorry for this man. The kids, yes. But if he truly changed he would have turned himself in years ago.

TheSi... TheSilence

The blame goes on this idiot. He knew he was supposed to be serving prison time and he chose to have children that he knew he might end up leaving alone.

That's like a bank putting a million dollars in your account and not realizing it for a year. It does to mean you get to spend it, they will find out eventually.

nonmember avatar whatthewhat?

This is utterly ridiculous. What an incredible waist of tax payer money. First of all 13 years for robbing a burger king of $2,000 is an insane sentence. Secondly this is exactly what we hope prison does,rehabilitate people into productive citizens even though it generally has the opposite effect. That prosecutor was wrong. Say pay back the $2,000 with interest and inflation and be on your way. Because now WE are paying for 3 meals a day, room and board, and may end up paying to feed his whole family. Where is this guys petition?

Elaine Cox

do your crime do your time..and he cant be too changed if he didnt turn himself in..oh wait that would have been um stupid not the right thing

Mrscj... Mrscjones

Please people get off for murder he stole $2000. He have his own business now and support his family which never would have happen if he was in jail. The same people talking about sending him to jail will be the same ones complaining when she go files for food stamps. let him pay the money back and keep it moving. What can he do for them in jail. Did everyone forget a Du Pont heir didn't serve not a day in jail for molesting his 2kids. A rich kid got off for murder because he's rich. If you can murder someone and be told you don't know the difference. Why they want to destroy this man's life so bad? That should be your concern not him being a slave in prison. Our justice system isn't blind so why so many blind to that fact.

Amber Richardson

nonmember avatar Foster

It makes me wonder what kind of man he would be if he had gone to jail in the first place. Would he be the same reformed man he is now? He did the crime so yes he should pay but 13 years for robbery? That's a stupid sentence even if he had gone to jail at 22. He should have to pay the money back with interest and maybe go to jail for a year or so because he didn't turn himself in. But of course the world has skewed logic when it comes to this kind of stuff

miche... micheledo

I'm going to do more research (after all, this IS a STIR article! :D), and then I think I will sign the petition (assuming the Stir actually got the facts right).

Sure, you do the crime you should pay for it.  On the other hand, I also think there are always exceptions to the rules.  This sounds like a situation that should be an exception.

Phylicia Cole

They should let him out people make mistakes and obviously since he committed the crime he has changed and became an outstanding good citizen, his kids and wife need him to survive. It's not his fault that there was a error and they didn't have him locked up 13 years ago when the crime was committed. They should let him out and let him provide for his family and just let him pay back what he stole and call it even. I could understand making him do the time if he was still doing crimes, but since he has became a good citizen that is living his life right they should release him.

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