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'White Boy Rick' granted parole after almost 30 years

'White Boy Rick' granted parole after almost 30 years

Richard Wershe Jr., known on the streets as "White Boy Rick", was sentenced to life in prison in 1988 when he was just 17 years old for intending to deliver cocaine.

"I know that the drugs I sold destroyed people's lives", Wershe told the parole board in June.

If not, if he gets paroled in Michigan, Florida would pick him up and make him serve about 22 months, his lawyer says.

After Richard Wershe Jr.is paroled in MI, he'll immediately be transferred to prison in Florida, where he's expected to spend the next 3 years and 8 months.

Musilli is trying to have the crime forgiven, since Wershe has spent more than 29 years in prison for drugs and auto theft.

The Hollywood star will play the role of Wershe's father, Richard Wershe Sr.

Wershe was sentenced to life in prison in 1988. Then he has time to serve in Florida for a separate case there involving a stolen-car scheme.

Wershe will be released from jail as early as mid-August, but the Michigan Department of Corrections believes he will then be transported to Florida to serve several years on an outstanding jail sentence. He faces a five-year sentence in Florida, where he was convicted of racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering in 2006 while serving time in a prison in that state while in a witness protection program.

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

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He received credit for 488 days spent in a Florida prison, according to Ashley Cook, a spokeswoman with the Florida Department of Corrections.

The hearing on June 8 spanned more than four hours and Wershe answered many questions about his life, including telling the panel he started working as a law enforcement informant when he was 14.

It started small with Wershe giving Federal Bureau of Investigation agents the identities of people in pictures and grew from there, he said.

A plea agreement in the case said prosecutors agreed not to file charges against Wershe's sister or mother in connection with the case. If he's rejected, it will be another five years before he gets a shot at parole. He came up and said he wanted to meet me.

Wershe's controversial case has garnered national attention over the years and included years of legal wrangling.

Retired FBI agent Gregg Schwarz, who worked with Wershe when he was an informant, issued a statement following the parole board's decision. The prosecutor's office could appeal the decision; however, Prosecutor Kym Worthy has said she no longer objects to Wershe's possible parole, which is considered a hopeful sign.

"The prosecutors down there don't seem to have a big problem with it, so we again are cautiously optimistic", Musilli said.

Nobody opposed Wershe's parole last month, but that was not the case in 2003 during his only other public hearing.

The story of his lengthy incarceration, which many have argued was unjust, is set to become a feature film next year starring Matthew McConaughey.


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