Man who avoided prison for 13 years seeks release

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for more than a decade before he was locked up last year is asking a Missouri judge to set him free.

A petition filed by Cornealious Michael Anderson in Mississippi County Circuit Court on Tuesday seeks to require the Missouri Department of Corrections to credit the 13 years he was technically at large after a 2000 robbery conviction.

It's a legal option previously suggested by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who at the same time defended the state's decision to imprison Anderson.

Anderson's Florida-based attorney had previously said he was skeptical of that strategy.

The corrections department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A hearing is scheduled for May 5.

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