Man who already served state jail time may serve federal time due to paperwork error

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A New Haven man is asking President Trump to keep him out of prison. He did time more than a decade ago, but because of a paperwork foul up, the feds want to lock him up again.

“Just like a nightmare, basically a nightmare.” Demetrius Anderson thought his life was together.
For more than ten years he’s lived in New Haven, held two jobs, was active in his church, until he heard someone pounding on his door early one morning last week.

In 2005, Anderson pleaded guilty to counterfeiting and identity theft. He served three years in a Connecticut prison. When his state sentence was over, he was released. But now, more than a decade later, a Federal Marshal’s audit in Pennsylvania shows Anderson still owes 16 months of federal time because his state and federal sentences were not concurrent.

“I think it’s a grave injustice to incarcerate this man at this point,” Anderson’s lawyer said. “The correction system worked. Anderson has been corrected. Living and thriving in New Haven. And a government paperwork mistake from a lifetime ago shouldn’t tear his life apart.”

“I’ve helped him prepare a petition to the President of the United States to commute his sentence,” said Anderson’s lawyer.

“I’m heavily into my faith. I want to believe god is going to fix this. So I do have faith, but I want to have faith in the judicial system that this can be fixed,” Anderson said.

If President Trump doesn’t commute his sentence, the Federal Court system might, but time is short. Anderson is due back in court next week.

“I need a miracle right now. Anyone who can help I need a miracle,” Anderson said.

Demetrius Anderson isn’t the only person in this predicament tonight, apparently that federal Marshal’s audit in Pennsylvania turned up several cases where people who served time years ago still owe federal time because of a paperwork mistake.

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