Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy reacts to Richard Wershe parole decision

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 14, 2017

The Michigan Parole Board has voted to grant parole to Rick Wershe, Jr., otherwise known as "White Boy" Rick.

Wershe, a father of three and grandfather of six, also talked about selling drugs as a teenager on his own and his role in the stolen car-scheme while in prison in Florida, calling it a "big mistake". Officials said he stashed 8 kilos of cocaine and almost $30,000 in 1987 when he was 17. He turns 48 next week.

Wershe was put in the federal witness protection program in a Florida prison after he cooperated with FBI agents to bust corrupt police officers while in prison for the drug crime in MI.

He was sentenced to serve five years in prison in Florida after begin convicted on racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering charges in 2006. In June, he told parole board members that he's been rehabilitated and knows drugs destroy communities. We respect and accept the decision of the parole board.

The hearing spanned more than four hours and Wershe answered many questions about his life during it, including telling the panel he started working as a law enforcement informant when he was 14. This is a developing story.

Richard Wershe Jr. got into the drug trade in the 1980s as a 14-year-old informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And of course, there was that nickname.

According to the Michigan Parole Board, they made a decision to grant him parole after a public hearing on June 8 at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility. "You'll never see me again".

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