Release Armed Robber From Prison Immediately

Apr 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Crime and Non-Punishment, Injustice, Katz Litterbox, Spotlight

Cornealious 'Mike' Anderson: 13 Years, Lost and Found

Cornealious ‘Mike’ Anderson: 13 Years, Lost and Found

Never told to report to prison, Cornealious ‘Mike’ Anderson remained free for 13 years during which he turned his life around and became a productive citizen and good family man

by Howie Katz

In 2000, Cornealious ‘Mike’ Anderson was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the armed robbery of a Burger King manager in St. Charles, Missouri. Out on bail, he was ordered to await word on when and to which prison he should report. Because of a clerical error, Anderson was never so notified. So, for the next 13 years he went about his life in St. Louis and made a remarkable turnaround.

Anderson got married and raised four children. He learned a trade and opened his own contractor service business. He coached his son’s football team. He became active in a church. He paid taxes and traffic tickets. He never concealed his identity or whereabouts. Anderson believed the authorities didn’t care whether he was in prison or not.

Under his prison term, Anderson was supposed to be released last year. As they were processing the paper work for his discharge, prison authorities suddenly discovered he had never been in custody.

Last July, a St. Louis SWAT team barged into his home and hauled Anderson off to jail. The 37-year-old productive citizen and good family man was quickly transferred to the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Missouri where he is awaiting an uncertain fate.

Under the circumstances it is my opinion that Anderson, even though he has been convicted of armed robbery, should be released from prison immediately.  Prior to the robbery, he had only one arrest on his record, and that was for possession of marijuana.  Keeping Anderson in prison would be an injustice.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon can grant Anderson a pardon, or barring that, the court should revisit the case and change his  sentence to 13-years of probation, then discharge him from sentence.

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3 Comments to “Release Armed Robber From Prison Immediately”

  1. Bob Walsh says:

    As most regular readers know, I am not a huge believer in rehabilitative programs. Rehabilitation does however, occur on occasion. This man is clearly one who got his act together without help from any programs and has become an upstanding and positive citizen. He should at minimum get a commutation to time served and maybe a full pardon. If anybody deserves it, he does.

  2. kl2008a says:

    Howie, in the early part of 1981, when I was working on 1W as a Sgt I got a call from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Needle’s office to inquire about a person they had stopped at a DUI checkpoint. For some reason, they ran his name and it came back that he was wanted for an escape from CIM – 35 years BEFORE (the escape occurred @ 1946 and the guy had only 6 months left of his sentence for receiving stolen property). Anyway, I ran the name and it came back as an escapee. I went to our Records office and his C-file was still there and sure enough, he was listed as an Escapee. When I confirmed this info with the SO they arrested him and took him into custody. A week or so later the Escapee was returned to CIM. While he was out he was like Anderson, he had moved to Arizona, became a law abiding citizen that started a successful business employing a couple hundred people, raised a family and was a well liked and respected member of the community. He was CIM for about 2 weeks (because of the local furor behind his arrest – they didn’t know of his escape) and he went in front of the Board who ordered his release a day or so later. The DA dropped the escape charges and he went about his interrupted life. I tell this story to folks to remind them of that old cliche about how “The Long Arm of the Law” can pluck you when you least expect it.

    • Howie Katz says:

      kl2008a, thanks for the interesting and informative comment, my friend. I would add that there is one big difference between your guy and Anderson. Anderson was not an escapee from prison. And rather than two weeks, he has been in prison now since last July.