According to several confirmed reports, Michigan’s longest-serving juvenile offender and youngest FBI informant Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe Jr. is scheduled to be released from prison on July 20.
Wershe’s life was reenacted in the 2018 flick White Boy Rick, where he was shown becoming a paid informant at age 14, then being handed down a life sentence at 17. Wershe was introduced to the street life by his father, Richard Wershe Sr., who owned a gun shop that was being investigated by authorities for selling illegal firearms.
Supporters of Wershe say that he was forced into a life of crime by Detroit Police, who used him as an informant to jam up drug kingpins around the Motor City between 1984-1986.
After spending three decades in jail, Wershe was paroled in 2017 and served consecutive time in Florida for a 2006 conviction stemming from his role in a car theft ring. Wershe will have to serve four years parole in Michigan after his release. His parole runs through Aug. 22, 2021.