‘White Boy Rick’ Wershe Jr. to be released on 20th July
Richard ‘White Boy Rick’ Wershe Jr. is set to be released from the Florida halfway house (is a home where former prisoners, mental patients, or drug addicts can stay there for a limited period of time to get used to life outside prison or hospital) on 20th July 2020.
He was originally slated to be released on April 20, 2021. However, because oh his good behaviour his release date has been moved up. Richard is being kept at Transition House in Kissimmee, Florida after spending 3 decades in the Oaks Correction facility in Michigan. He was kept there as a non violent drug offender.
After serving 3 decades at Michigan, he was handed over to the US Marshals. Wershe was the longest serving juvenile offender in the history of Michigan. He stayed there till the age of 48. After which he was moved to the halfway house.
Wershe was caught with 9000 grams of cocaine and $30000 with him at the age of 17. According to his version of the story he was the youngest FBI informer from the age of 14. However, authorities have a completely different version which says that he rose to become a teenage local drug lord in the city of Detroit.
“Thank God he’s free at last. This was a man who was as much a political prisoner as anyone in this country has ever seen,” contends Ralph Musilli, Wershe’s St. Clair Shores-based lawyer. “What they did to this young man was reprehensible.”
It’s been heartbreaking,” Wershe said. “I was never there (as) a parent for them.” Not being able to be there as a father to his 3 kids is his biggest regret in life.
Musilli added “He’s now just getting out? What a crime,” he added. “This is a disaster. And the government at all levels should have been ashamed of itself.”
A movie by the name ‘White Boy Rick’ has been made based on the life of Rick Wershe Junior. The film stars Richie Merritt and Matthew Mc Conaughey in the lead roles.