He's waited many years, as justice delayed became justice denied, but on Monday it will finally happen: "White Boy" Rick Wershe will leave prison a free man.
Now 51, Wershe has spent more than 30 years behind bars. He was featured in a documentary and biopic.
On Monday he will return to Metro Detroit, although not the city itself.
“He’s anxious to get home,” said Wershe’s attorney, Ralph Musilli. “His head is in a good place. He has a good support group here and he is finally ready get back into the real world.”
... “I am not White Boy Rick,” Wershe said. “I am Rick. I am not the person I am made out to be.”
At WXYZ, law enforcement stands up for Wershe's cooperation:
“Third world countries don’t incarcerate like this,” says retired FBI agent Greg Schwartz.
... Over the years, supporters have called Rick a political prisoner.
“He’s contributed greatly to law enforcement," Schwarts said. "I challenge anybody to tell me one prisoner who has contributed more to law enforcement than this man.”
His fiancé will pick him up from prison on Monday.