“White Boy Rick” to get parole hearing

IMG_1930Michigan’s longest-serving juvenile drug offender may have a chance at freedom after the state parole board agreed to a hearing.

“White Boy” Richard Wershe has spent nearly three decades in prison. Wershe acknowledges he was a drug runner for a Detroit gang, but never a drug kingpin as he was portrayed in the media and by prosecutors. And he says he continued in the drug trade at the urging of law enforcement officers who used him as an informant.

“I was a young, impressionable and, might I say, stupid kid. I went down the path that they steered me down, and it was wrong.”

Wershe was originally sentenced to life without parole for delivering more than 650 grams of heroin. But that law was changed by the Legislature in 1998.