Armed robber was never told to report to prison
After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.Naturally, his past caught up to him - thirteen years later. And, just as naturally, the system went batshit overboard and sent a SWAT team with machine guns to bring him in. This one guy, probably the one in a million outlier, completely turned his life around after that conviction. He started his own business, settled down, had a family, and then the SWAT team kicks in his door.
So Anderson didn't report. He spent the next 13 years turning his life around - getting married, raising three kids, learning a trade. He made no effort to conceal his identity or whereabouts. Anderson paid taxes and traffic tickets, renewed his driver's license and registered his businesses.
All because he followed the judge's orders.
It's really hard to sort this one out. On the one hand, dude committed armed robbery. That's pretty serious. He probably should serve his sentence. On the other hand, though, it was totally a court screw-up. Dude made no attempt whatsoever to run, hide, or otherwise evade the authorities. He kept his license, went about his business, and it was someone else's screw up that kept him out of jail. Naturally, when they realized that the man that they forgot to send to prison was still out - at an address that was publicly known - they decided the reasonable solution was to send in the SWAT team.
Yeah, that makes sense, on some planet I've never heard of.
That is all.
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(image courtesy of Robb Allen)