Man jailed for 1999 crime could find out fate Monday

CHARLESTON, Mo. (KSDK) – The St. Charles man who avoided prison for more than a decade because of a clerical error could find out his fate Monday morning.

Mike Anderson helped rob a Burger King assistant manager in St. Charles, Mo. in 1999. In 2000, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison, but because of a clerical error, he never did the time.

In the years since, he started his own business and became a loyal husband and father of four. But that all changed in July 2013, when a SWAT team stormed into his home. The state wanted him to finally serve his time.

Despite not showing up for his original sentence, Anderson said he was never a fugitive and never hid from authorities.

Monday at the courthouse in Charleston, Mo., a judge could decide whether or not to free Anderson. In a statement given to NBC NEWS, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said he wants to find a way to balance the seriousness of his crime with the clerical error and Anderson's life since prison.


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