DETROIT – Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has released a statement on Richard Wershe Jr. being granted parole in Michigan.
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.
The Michigan Parole Board has voted to grant Richard Wershe Jr., known as "White Boy Rick," parole after nearly 30 years in prison.
Wershe needed at least six of the 10 board members to support his plea for freedom. The 47-year-old was just 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a drug conviction. He has been the state of Michigan's longest serving nonviolent juvenile offender.
Now that he has been granted parole, the earliest Wershe could get out of Michigan prison is in August. The Department of Corrections takes 30 days to make sure a parolee has an appropriate place to live and work.