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Man Who Has Been Out Of Jail For 13 Years Now May Have To Serve Additional 16 Months

Demetrius Anderson walked out of prison in 2006 in Connecticut.

He stayed in the state, keeping a job and leaving his past behind. Unlike many, Anderson resisted recidivism and kept his nose clean.

But that was apparently not enough for the USA justice system.

A clerical error may now throw Anderson’s life into disarray, undoing all of his hard work.

A Philadelphia judge issued a bench warrant against Anderson and eight US Marshals showed up on Anderson’s doorstep, insisting he still had 16 months to serve for a previous crime committed in the Philadelphia area.

Anderson, however, was told that his Federal and State sentences were concurrent.

“My mother always believed in the judicial system. Always told me to respect it,” he said to CNN’s Don Lemon in an interview.

“I made a vow not to do it again for her and by turning my life around, it brought her joy.”

“It’s scary, I’m scared. It’s bleak, it’s dark; I can’t imagine it. I don’t think I could handle it considering what I’m going through,” Anderson said, on the possibility he will need to return to prison.

As of the writing of this piece, Anderson and his lawyer reached a verbal agreement with prosecutors and the Bureau of Prisons to give Anderson credit on his sentence for time served “at liberty.”

“I’m overjoyed but waiting for official paperwork,” Anderson said.

“It’s a blessing, but I want the blessing to be official. My heart is back in my chest where it should be.”

Anderson, who served three years for his identity theft conviction from 2003-2006, said the thought of returning to prison caused him to lose weight rapidly and even have suicidal thoughts.

May nothing like this ever happen again.


Written by Mike Walsh

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