Ex-bank robber Mike Anders now ministering to convicts

The Suburban Journals of St. Louis carry a story about a former bank robber who served four years at the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution in the 1990s but turned his life around and began a ministry for inmates and ex-convicts.

Mike Anders, now 64 and known as "Brother Boogie," robbed banks in the St. Louis area to feed a gambling habit that sometimes brought him to the dog track in West Memphis.

"When an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol, they go get alcohol to satisfy that desire," said Anders, who was arrested in 1992, shortly after his second robbery. "A gambler needs money to feed his addiction. I went to where the money was."

Anders became a born-again Christian while in jail awaiting trial. He changed his not guilty plea in both cases to guilty.

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