'White Boy Rick' granted formal parole board hearing in bid for release

Posted at 11:13 AM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 17:15:44-04

The Michigan Department of Corrections confirms that Richard Wershe a.k.a. "White Boy Rick" has been granted a formal parole board hearing in the bid for his release.

The former drug dealer was just a teenager when he began working for the FBI to help nab other drug dealers.

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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.

The hearing is expected to happen in early June, according to the MDOC.