Former drug dealer 'White Boy Rick' taking step toward potential parole review

White Boy Rick taking step toward parole review
Posted at 5:40 AM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 12:12:14-05

The infamous Detroit drug dealer, known as White Boy Rick, who was sent to prison after helping the FBI, is taking a step towards a potential parole review.

White Boy Rick is scheduled to have a video conference later today with a member of the state parole board.

The former drug dealer, whose real name is Richard Wershe, was just a teenager when he began working for the FBI to help nab other drug dealers.

Then, in 1988, he was sentenced to life in prison at just 17 years old for a single conviction of cocaine possession.

He is Michigan's longest serving prisoner for a non-violent crime.

Today's video interview with a board member could lead to a formal review and full hearing by the parole board.

Even if today's interview goes well, there is no timeline for when White Boy Rick will get a full hearing for parole.

The law that got him life in prison is no longer on the books.

A judge said he was entitled to a new sentence hearing, but the Michigan Court of Appeals denied that re-sentencing hearing.

His request went all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court, where the appeal was also denied. 

Even a former FBI supervisor has said there is no benefit to keep him in prison.