Crime

Richard 'White Boy Rick' Wershe Jr. Gets Reduction in His Florida Time


October 11, 2019, 12:26 PM

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Richard Wershe, Jr. (Photo: Florida DOC)

Richard "White Boy Rick" Wershe Jr., who served nearly 30 years in prison in Michigan for cocaine trafficking before going off to serve time in Florida in 2017, will be released from the Sunshine State four months earlier than expected.

Wershe, who was set to be released Dec. 25, 2020, will now get out next Aug. 17, 2020. That date could get moved up even further for good behavior,  Dave Bartkowiak Jr. and Ken Haddad of WDIV report.

At the very beginning, Wershe was set to be released from Florida on April 20, 2021. 

Wershe is at the Reception and Medical Center state prison in Lake Butler, Fla.

As a teen, he began serving a life sentence in Michigan in the late 1980s for cocaine trafficking in Detroit. He was paroled in 2017, but had to subsequently serve out a sentence in Florida for being part of a car theft ring.

Wershe got involved in the ring in the early 2000s while serving time in a Florida prison. He was placed in the witness protection program there after helping the FBI in a drug sting that netted a number of crooked police officers from Detroit and the suburbs. 


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