DETROIT – The night before a parole board decides his fate, "White Boy" Rick Wershe remains cautiously optimistic that he’ll get to celebrate Friday.
In less than 24 hours, the police informant turned drug dealer will learn whether or not he will be granted parole. Wershe, once known as “White Boy Rick,” has been in prison for more than 29 years for a nonviolent drug offense when he was a teenager.
Six of the parole board's 10 members will need to vote yes in order for Wershe to be granted parole from his life sentence.
The vote will take place in Lansing, and Wershe, who is in prison in northern Michigan, will be notified of the outcome immediately.
He said he will be trying to get some sleep Thursday, but he doubts he’ll be able to.
Local 4 will have exclusive coverage Friday as soon as the board reaches a decision.