Release Cornealious Michael Anderson III From Prison
  • Petitioned Attorney General Chris Koster

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Attorney General Chris Koster
Honorable T. Lynn Brown

Release Cornealious Michael Anderson III From Prison

    1. Petition by

      Patrick Michael Megaro

      Orlando, FL

May 2014


Patrick Michael Megaro: Cornealious Michael Anderson III was released today into the arms of his loving wife and 4 children.

We could not have achieved this without your help and support.

On behalf of myself and the Anderson family, I thank you for your support. Watch us live on the Today Show on NBC tomorrow morning. My client and his wife will be interviewed.

Once again we are forever grateful for your support and for the happy ending to this story.

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson is 36 years old, a married father of four, youth football coach, volunteer, homeowner and small business owner in St. Louis, Missouri.  In 1999, he was arrested and later convicted of participating in a robbery of a Burger King manager.  He was sentenced to 13 years in prison.  He was released on bail while his appeals were pending, and after he lost his appeals, the State of Missouri simply forgot about him.  They never told him to report to prison to serve his sentence.

When he was arrested, he was 22 years old, had no children, was not married, and did not own a home or a business.

From 1999 to 2013, he lived a law-abiding life, paid taxes, and worked to build a career as a carpenter. He never became a  fugitive, tried to change his identity, or flee from justice.  He had no further trouble with the law.  He stayed right in St. Louis.  He got married, had 4 children, built his own home in Missouri, and started several successful small businesses, including a contracting business.  He volunteered at his church and coached his son's youth football team.

In July, 2013, the State of Missouri suddenly realized, 13 years later, that Mike Anderson had never served the sentence, and that he was out on bail this entire time.  They raided his house with a SWAT team, and ripped him from his home without warning, hauled him off to prison, and told him he now had to serve 13 years in prison.

If he is required to serve the sentence, he will be 50 years old when he is released.  His kids will have grown up without a father, his wife will have had to raise 4 children alone, and they will lose their home and business - everything he had worked so hard to attain in the last 13 years of leading a normal life.

The victim of the robbery believes that Mike Anderson should not be forced to now serve a 13- year sentence, and believes the State of Missouri dropped the ball.  He has said that he believes it would serve no purpose in now incarcerating this man.

I am representing Mike Anderson in his petition for release from prison.  Join us in petitioning the Attorney General of the State of Missouri and Mississippi County Judge T. Lynn Brown to release this man from this unjustice.

Read his story here: Riverview Times Article 2-14-2014

Listen to his story here:  This American Life



Attorney General Chris Koster
Honorable T. Lynn Brown
Release Cornealious Michael Anderson III From Prison

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kenneth Nero SILVER SPRING, MD
      • 6 months ago

      Too dystopian for words.

      • 6 months ago

      This man was honest about his identity, he never tried to conceal himself or hide from the authorities. I believe that because he had no other convictions or other outstanding warrants that he should be released from prison. Imprisonment has no purpose as he is a law-abiding citizen.

      Everybody does stupid things in their lives. Let him carry on with his in peace.

    • Kameko Oliver ATLANTA, GA
      • 6 months ago

      Because Mr. Anderson has shown he is not rehabilitated, and to pursue incarceration now would be unjust. Especially being that the city is at fault for the initial oversight.

    • Jason Howe BRAMPTON, CANADA
      • 6 months ago

      Jailing this man at this point does nothing. He has already reformed himself.

    • bree Davies DENVER, CO
      • 6 months ago

      Each case is about the individual. I see a rehabilitated man making right in the world being punished for an unorganized and already overloaded justice system. There is no justice is locking up a good human (and spending god knows how much money doing so) who has been contributing positively to society for a decade and a half.


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