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Wayne Co. Prosecutor says she'll review position on "White Boy Rick's" parole

Posted at 7:25 PM, Aug 26, 2016

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says she will review her office's position on parole for Richard Wershe, also known as "White Boy Rick."

Richard Wershe has spent nearly 30 years in prison on a non-violent crime. The one-time teenage drug dealer and FBI informant was locked up after a single conviction for cocaine possession in May of 1987.

Worthy released this statement:

Having been immersed in the Juvenile Life Without Parole Murder cases for the last six months, I have noted parallels to the Richard Wershe case that have caused me to review the office position in his case. However, it is important to note that only the Michigan Parole Board determines who does  or doesn't receive parole.

In September 2015, a judge said Wershe is entitled to be resentenced, but Worthy had originally objected. When the Court of Appeals sided with Worthy, the Supreme Court decided not to review the case, upholding the original decision.

White Boy Rick was just 17 years old when he was sentenced and is currently the longest serving prisoner in the state of Michigan for a non-violent crime.