Man who avoided prison for 13 years because of clerical error says he's overwhelmed by support

The Associated Press

In this photo provided by attorney Patrick Megaro is his client, Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, with a birthday cake. Anderson, who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years, said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public. Meanwhile, the Missouri attorney general signaled that he would look for a way to take Anderson's many years of clean living into account in attempting to resolve the "difficult situation." (AP Photo/Courtesy Patrick Megaro)

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"He's been rehabilitated," Halscott said of Anderson. "There's no need to protect the community, and even if you want your pound of flesh, he's been in prison nine months. At the end of the day, there's no good argument that this man should be in prison."

Anderson's attorneys filed an appeal in February calling his imprisonment unfair and unjust. Attorney Patrick Megaro said the last time something like this happened in Missouri was 1912, and that person was not forced to serve his sentence.

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