We’ve been following this story about which we first heard on National Public Radio for some time and are happy to hear that it turned out well. While this is certainly an unusual case, it does speak to the spiritual idea of possible redemption. Although the “system” had little to do with Mr. Anderson’s eventual rehabilitation and redemption, perhaps that same system could learn something about possible methods to rehabilitate people who have run afoul of the law.
At the very least, it is good to know that this man was not further punished because of the system’s mistake after changing his life.
Missouri man jailed for not serving prison term released, thankful to be home again
Cornealious (Mike) Anderson had been in a maximum security prison since July, when Missouri realized it never told him to report to a 13-year jail sentence from 2000. On Monday, a judge released Anderson, saying his 13 crime-free years prove he’s a changed man. Even the victim of the crime advocated for Anderson’s release.
Mike Anderson, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison but didn’t go to jail due to clerical error, was released from jail Monday after serving just nine months. ‘I missed my husband. I missed my best friend,’ Anderson’s wife, LaQonna, said on the ‘Today’ show Tuesday.
The Missouri convict who avoided jail time due to a clerical error is a free man — again.
Cornealious (Mike) Anderson discussed his first night home on the “Today” show Tuesday, and said he was overwhelmed and thankful to be back with his family.
Anderson was locked up last July when officials realized they never sent him to jail after he was convicted in 2000. On Monday, Judge Terry Lynn Brown granted Anderson’s request for release, NBC News reported.
“You’ve been a good father. You’ve been a good husband. You’ve been a good taxpaying citizen of the State of Missouri,” Brown said. “That leads me to believe that you are a good man and a changed man.”
Even the victim of Anderson’s crime advocated for his release.