New trouble for man who avoided prison for years

AP News
Posted: Nov 18, 2014 2:46 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man who avoided prison for 13 years because of a clerical error is in trouble again, months after a judge set him free and declared him "a changed man."

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson is charged with second-degree robbery for allegedly grabbing a woman's purse and briefly dragging her early Sunday in St. Louis.

Prosecutors say Anderson matched a description from the victim and a witness, but his attorney says police made a mistake. Anderson is free on $10,000 bond.

Anderson was sentenced to 13 years in prison for a robbery in 2000, but he was never told to report to prison. When the clerical error was found in July 2013, Anderson was sent to prison. A judge freed him in May, saying he'd been a good father and tax-paying citizen.