Sentenced but never jailed, robber who went on to live productive life seeks release after error discovered

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  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    April 20, 2014 5:53 p.m.

    I believe that this is the purpose of a writ of habeus corpus.

  • kimmie1224 Huntsville, AL
    April 18, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    The ultimate goal of prisons is suppose to be to rehabilitate, well it looks to me as if he does not need rehabilitating. Prisons are overcrowded as it is, why would someone with common sense want to send this man to prison...oh wait; that common sense part, we can't always count on our government officials to use that.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    April 18, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    The purpose of prison is (or should be) two fold - to keep dangerous criminals away from society and to rehabilitate them. Punishment should be in the form of restitution to the victim, NOT in time served.

    This man has obviously rehabilitated himself, without the required prison time. Society would in no way be served by locking him away. Clemency should be granted in recognition of what he has accomplished.

  • Malihini Northern, UT
    April 17, 2014 10:40 a.m.

    Not only should this man be set free, seems like we all agree on that, but the question is...should he sue the state for use of excessive force? I mean, a SWAT team to burst into this man's home to arrest him?

    I wonder...will the police force be held accountable for his arrest and the criminal system for their error?

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    April 17, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    I actually heard an interview with him and with his victim. The victim believes he should be set free, so I see no reason to keep him in prison.

  • ccline Gales Creek, OR
    April 17, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    Have mercy. The man is an upstanding citizen. Let him go home.

  • Hey It's Me Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    I think he was scared straight. Besides a lot of people think criminals need rehabilitation. I think he learned his lesson has paid his dues by having to wonder when they might come and get him all those years. Put him in jail and see what he learns. Then you will have a wife and kids with no dad, so they will need government assistance. Let him go, he is a tax payer, he has never hidden who he was and it's done. Their court systems fault. I think there was a reason he didn't need to be surrounded by thugs in Prison, he made the changes he needed to and is a good person.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    April 17, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    AZKID I think expressed my own ideas particularly well.

    Something not brought up in the article is the state of the place he robbed; did he ever actually repay what he took and personally apologize? I know restitution(justice) isn't something most modern justice systems are known for, but suppose they just had him do that and then leave him alone?

    I guarantee his race has nothing to do with it. This doesn't even involve profiling; if he weren't hispanic they'd do all this same stuff.

  • Commodore West Jordan, UT
    April 17, 2014 7:19 a.m.

    We don't have a justice system in America, we have a legal system and there is a big difference between the two.

    I say free this law-abiding, tax paying, good father! He has shown himself to be a good man. Hold his sentence in abeyance.....if he screws up again in the next 5 years on a felony level throw the book at him then.....otherwise leave him alone and wipe his record in 5 years. Now that is a fair thing to do.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    April 16, 2014 4:35 p.m.

    The error was with those in charge of getting him into prison. He didn't flee, or hide. He should be released, perhaps with a requirement that he do community service or something proactive to help at-risk youth to see that a life can be turned around.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    April 16, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    13 years have passed. The state has failed to do it's due diligence. At this point, what reason to they still have to incarcerate him? This is simple pettiness.

  • AZKID Mapleton, UT
    April 16, 2014 4:26 p.m.

    The one thing he could have done, was to contact the authorities and asked why he hadn't been sent to prison yet. However, I don't blame him for not doing so. I think he did the only sane thing to do. He followed instructions, and waited, and waited, and waited and hoped...

    That being said, I think that the governor needs to immediately pardon him. To some degree, he has served out his sentence by having it "hanging over his head". Arguably, it may have motivated him to get his life in order so that if an when this day came, he could point to his clean record and productive life, and say, "hey, look at my life, and let me move on". I say, reward his model behavior.

  • Itsme2 SLC, UT
    April 16, 2014 3:18 p.m.

    It sounds like they should let him go.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 16, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    It costs the taxpayers a lot more to incarcerate a man -- a TAX paying man no less -- who is not a danger to himself or others. I say let it lie.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    "...[he was] told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. .... 'They sent a SWAT team to his house,' Anderson's attorney, Patrick Megaro, said Wednesday. 'He was getting his 3-year-old daughter breakfast, and these men with automatic weapons bang on his door.'"\

    Ya'know, given that he had waited for 13 years, without concealment, for the promised "instructions on when and where to report to prison", this incident begs the question whether the SWAT team delivery of his instructions was the method they intended 13 years ago?

    If not, WHY did they think it necessary to be so intrusive now?

    Every time I read of another monumental foulup like this (both the original oversight AND the eventual overblown SWAT team reaction) it makes me cringe just a little more when I pay my taxes.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    April 16, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    This is a person-of-color challenging the prison-industrial complex.

    He's lucky he didn't get shot for resisting arrest when the SWAT team came through his door that morning.

    Justice? Not anymore.

  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    April 16, 2014 1:50 p.m.

    A first time offender?

    A BB-gun? I mean, get real!, a BB-gun?!

    A post-court model life including NOT hiding from the law, a wife, a kid, paying taxes, a steady job, no further laws broken other than occasional speeding tickets?

    Sadly, in America, with our horribly inept, incompetent, non-justice justice system, my bet is they'll send him to jail.

    Now THAT would be a real crime.