(KMOV.com) – A Missouri man hopes to be released from prison after he began serving his sentence 14 years after being convicted of a robbery in St. Charles.
Mike Anderson is currently housed in the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Mo., serving the first several months of a 13-year prison sentence for a robbery at a Burger King in St. Charles in 1999.
Anderson was supposed to report to prison in 2002 after the appeals process ended, and the state simply forgot about him.
“I had this sense that everything was okay...no matter what was gonna happen...that everything was gonna be okay...to this day I still have that," Anderson said.
Since 2002, Anderson has gotten married, started a family and built his life. He has been in prison for several months and his attorneys want him released because they believe Missouri waited too long to incarcerate him.
St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar, who wasn’t in office when the crime occurred, believes Anderson has turned his life around for the better. but he’s not sure if he should be released.
“It's very difficult for me to say we can create an exception and we can allow somebody who has found a way--whether it was by his own doing or otherwise--to not have to serve the sentence," Lohmar said.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on Tuesday said Anderson has to appeal to the Missouri Department of Corrections, which will determine if he has served enough time to be released.