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CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri judge has freed a man who was convicted of robbery in 2000 but never sent to prison until a clerical mistake was discovered last year.
Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was 23 when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in the robbery of an assistant manager of a fast-food restaurant. He told The Associated Press last month that he waited, and even asked, about going to prison, but the order never came.
On Monday, a Mississippi County judge heard arguments and granted Anderson his immediate freedom.
In the years since his conviction, Anderson started his own construction-related businesses, married and had children. He also coached youth football and volunteered at his church in Webster Groves.
The TODAY Show said the Burger King assistant manager who Anderson robbed in 1999 even advocated for his release, saying it was the state's mistake, not Anderson's, and that Anderson had lived a good life since the crime.
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