Cornealious "Mike" Anderson, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison and was not called to report until his sentence was supposed to end, is now free despite the clerical error.
"I believe continuing to incarcerate you serves no purpose, would be a waste of taxpayer dollars and punish a good man," Judge Terry Brown said, according to CNN.
When Anderson was 22, he was convicted for his involvement in a robbery at a Burger King in St. Charles, Missouri, in 1999. He was supposed to go to prison in 2002 after he ran out of appeals.
He waited for the call to report, but it never came. As the years went by, he turned his life around. He opened construction businesses, got married and started a family and he serves at his church.
It was not until July 2013 that correction officials discovered the error. That is when his sentence would have ended. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals shortly after. He can now live without waiting on a call that would take away his freedom.
"You know, them pulling me back was motivation, but my main motivation was (that) I turned my life around," Anderson said to CNN. "I gave my life to the Lord, and I didn't want to do anything that displeased God," he continued.
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