'White Boy Rick' unanimously granted parole after nearly 30 years

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 17:11:14-04

After spending nearly 30 years in prison as Michigan's longest-serving non-violent criminal, "White Boy Rick" Wershe was granted parole.

According to the Michigan Parole Board, they decided to grant him parole after a public hearing on June 8 at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility.

Now, Wershe can be released as early as mid-August from the Michigan Department of Corrections system.

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, the parole board unanimously voted to grant him parole.

He was sentenced to serve five years in prison in Florida after begin convicted on racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering charges in 2006.

Florida officials will be informed of his anticipated release and responsible for making arrangements for his transfer to serve the 5-year sentence there.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy released this statement:

"The position of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is that this is a decision that has been made by the parole board and that we have no further position. We respect and accept the decision of the parole board."