“White Boy Rick” to get public hearing on parole

Richard Wershe a.k.a. "White Boy Rick" - photo courtesy: Michigan Department of Corrections

The Michigan Parole Board will hold a public hearing on whether to release a Detroit-area drug dealer who has been in prison for 29 years for crimes when he was a teen.

The board voted Friday to proceed to the hearing for Richard Wershe, who was known as “White Boy Rick.” The 47-year-old, who was interviewed by the board chairman in February, is serving a life sentence with occasional opportunities for parole.

He was convicted of possessing more than 650 grams of cocaine. Wershe has helped the FBI investigate drugs and police corruption.

Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy is taking a neutral position on paroling Wershe.

The public hearing is expected to be held in early June.

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