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BREAKING: Mike Anderson is Free From Prison

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Jessica Lussenhop
Mike Anderson enjoys his first hours of new-found freedom.
Cornealious "Mike" Anderson is officially a free man.

Anderson was convicted in 2000 of armed robbery and sentenced to thirteen years in prison. Law enforcement should have re-arrested him and taken him to prison to serve his sentence, but for reasons that are still unclear, that didn't happen. Anderson remained free.

In the thirteen years Anderson was supposed to be in jail, he got married, became a father of four, a homeowner and a master carpenter living in a home he built himself in Webster Groves. But that didn't stop police from arresting him for his past crime once they realized their mistake in July.

Now, surrounded by his family in a small Missouri courtroom, Anderson learned he will officially be freed, according to a judge's order. From our reporter on the scene:

Update: 10:50 a.m.: Minutes after a judge ordered that Mike Anderson be released from prison, Anderson sped off from the Charleston, Missouri, court, driving towards freedom in a red SUV with his belongings in a big cardboard box and his wife and three-year-old Nevaeh in the car.

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Jessica Lussenhop
Mike Anderson and his family drive away from jail (and reporters).
He'll serve no more jail time. He won't be on probation. According to the judge's declaratory judgement following a lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections, Anderson is simply a free man.

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Jessica Lussenhop
Family and friends celebrate Anderson's release.
What does he want first? Chicken and bacon, Anderson tells the Riverfront Times. Family filled the first two rows of the courtroom as the judge called Anderson "a good man" and released him.

Update 11:30 a.m.: Attorney General Chris Koster made this statement on Anderson's release:

"From the outset, I have proposed a solution that balances the seriousness of Mr. Anderson's crime with the mistake made by the criminal justice system and Mr. Anderson's lack of a criminal record over the past 13 years. Today's outcome appears to appropriately balance the facts as we understand them."

Stay tuned for more updates from Anderson's Webster Groves home. In the meantime, get caught up with the whole saga here:

-- Original feature story
-- Cornealious "Mike" Anderson: An Epilogue to the RFT Story Featured On This American Life
-- Petition Asks MO Attorney General Chris Koster to Release Cornealious "Mike" Anderson

-- Mike Anderson Officially Asks Gov. Jay Nixon for Clemency, Rebuts AG Chris Koster



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132 comments
Lin Staum
Lin Staum

His victim supports his release btw.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Good for him. He changed his life for the better while prison would have made him worse.

Dominic Foley
Dominic Foley

Paul Pittman, the obese man with D Cup tits, So this has nothing to do with race right? Since it was 2 black men robbing a white man at gunpoint race should be left out? Lol!! You are a clown, like for real, a big dumb clown!! If 2 white men robbed a black man, at gunpoint, and never did a day in jail, your fat Jabba the Hut ass would be protesting right now. All white on black crime is racist but there is no such thing as black on white racism is there?

Dominic Foley
Dominic Foley

Paul Pittman, the crime doesn't matter you retarded slob. The crime was committed and the time should be served. Now get your fat ass out of your Moms basement looking for boyfriends and take a walk. For the love of God you need some exercise.

Dominic Foley
Dominic Foley

Paul Pittman, go eat something disgustingly fat gay pig!!

Dominic Foley
Dominic Foley

Hilary, he will never come close to being half the man I am. He committed a FELONY you moron. He is a CRIMINAL who was found guilty of armed robbery. Paid his debt? How did he do that?

Drew Somervell
Drew Somervell

I heard this story on This American Life. If he had gone to prison when he was supposed to, he probably would've ended up being a lifelong dirtbag. He made something of himself and built a life. Not everything happens exactly as we think it's supposed to. He lived 13 years looking over his shoulder. When they finally got him, he went and served his time. He paid his debt in a way that is not in the books.

Bear Lucy
Bear Lucy

Glad to see him reunited with his family! He did his 13 years ON THE STREET and guess what, it didn't cost the taxpayers a dime. He turned his life around so let him continue his life in peace.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

I'm okay with it.  This guy changed his life and gets a break.  Good call by the judge.

Nita Biffar
Nita Biffar

FINALLY, I was praying for him and his family, talk about a turn your life around story. Now you keep on the right path.

Jack Sifford
Jack Sifford

Good for him. But police don't send anyone to jail; courts do that.

Lauren Rinker
Lauren Rinker

I would love to see Mr. Anderson work with others to rahab back into society. Way to get your life on track Mr. Anderson!

Scott Weber
Scott Weber

I don't know what world you live in. The jail & prison system hasn't been used for "rehabilitating" in decades. That was given up long ago. It's simply punishment for crimes committed. Deterence and Restitution. Do the crime, do the time, and most people learn the lesson, or fear of "doing time" deters them.

Scott Weber
Scott Weber

Yeah. That's justice. Solves everything. Smdh. Let him continue to get away with it. Lesson learned. If you can hide & avoid the law long enough, they'll forgive you & not make you serve the time. :-I

Scooter Shelton
Scooter Shelton

He still has a debt to pay to society!! I want to hear from his victim!!!

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Prison isn't about rehab It's about paying penance for your crimes.... How the hell is this guy a hero....

Patryk Kowalczyk
Patryk Kowalczyk

The courts missed their opportunity. It's called statute of limitations. Either way the penal system is notorious for locking up not the criminal but the mentally ill. And when you expose a normal person to years of exposure to mentally ill people he also becomes mentally ill, thru exposure to the system that's goal is supposed to be rehabilitation. Check the stats. It's all accurate.

Hilary Hake
Hilary Hake

I'm as lily white as they come and I for one am glad he has been released. How can he better serve society and repay his debt to society than being a productive tax paying member of said society? He has worked hard for 13 years to prove he isn't a thug. He succeeded. The person he robbed doesn't even want him in prison. This man has paid his debt over and over and is probably twice the man you will ever even hope to be Dominic.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Good for common sense from one judge, we couldn't expect Jeremiah 'chicken fucker' Nixon to come down off of his tractor to do the right thing for this guy, the bible beating vengeance cultists would have been calling for his head if he had the scrotum to issue a pardon for someone who has actually found a way to 'do the right thing'.

Michael Kevin Walsh
Michael Kevin Walsh

It wasn't the police that forgot, it was brains behind the Judicial System (courts, judges)

Tracey Ufheil
Tracey Ufheil

He did a better job at rehab than any prison could have EVER done.

Rick Pecoraro
Rick Pecoraro

In today's society, no teenagers actually have to serve being grounded, college students don't have to repay debts and no one has to pay a fine for running a red light. No conscience, no consequence, no morals, no integrity, no accountability. When some one points a gun at you and robs you of your serenity, reflect upon your humanitarian views you expressed today and forgive them.

Misty Hamm
Misty Hamm

Well said Kristy Cognac Creighton...bravo! And bravo to Mike Anderson...his family should be totally proud of him!

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

This is a good, sensible outcome. The Court System messed up; and Mike Anderson, did not mess up his chance. He's "rehabbed" himself and will continue to be a good citizen.

Bruce Fasterling
Bruce Fasterling

Sanity prevailed! He became a productive member of society without any cost to the taxpayers. I seriously doubt he would have had such a success story after a lengthy prison term.

Rick Andrews
Rick Andrews

That's great! Now he can catch up on all those robberies his missed....

Connie Saieva
Connie Saieva

Omg!! This makes me so happy. I've thought about him often since listening to the story. Even the victim agrees with this. I wish his children all the best!!!! Enjoy your Dad!:)

Kristy Cognac Creighton
Kristy Cognac Creighton

Good. Excellent decision. He is rehabilitated and is a productive member of society. All without taxpayer money. He's a tax paying business owner. The victim wanted him released after seeing what he's done with his life. The stupid bureaucracy couldn't get their own crap together. He didn't run. He didn't hide. They city screwed up. They own it. Anyone who wants him in prison, if they've actually read (if they even *can read), is looking for vengeance for something that doesn't concern them. If you aren't the victim, be silent. There are plenty of innocent men and women in jail, more being revealed every day. Go howl about that injustice and leave this man alone.

Mike Galvin
Mike Galvin

These comments remind me of the Chris Rock bit where Some People want Mega Props for stuff they are Supposed to Do. I TAKE CARE OF MY KIDS! You're supposed to do that you dumb MFer! lol

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Well I imagine your mom is happy since there is one more black man walking free that she think she may have a chance to get nailed by, even if she is delusional.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Fuck it, your right. Let's catch this fucker and skin his ass alive so you and the rest of the vengeance cultists can whack off as he suffers. Fucking idiot.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

No shit, they let your ignorant ass breath completely good air to spout the ignorant shit you probably do on a daily basis. Can someone provide Mary Jo a pillow and a firm grip? It appears she might want to do society a favor.

dude
dude

@jaco1175  This guy is a "Top Commentor"? Ooops I meant Troll.


dude
dude

@jaco1175  It's "breathe". Maybe you should do the same.

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