Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe Jr. is now serving his time in Florida for a crime he pleaded guilty to while he was incarcerated in Michigan. To date, he’s Michigan’s longest serving juvenile drug offender in the State’s history.
White Boy Rick arrived at the Reception and Medical Center state prison in Lake Butler, Florida on September 20.
Wershe was granted parole on July 14 and released from Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, Florida on August 22. He was then transferred to the US Marshalls en route to Florida. The transport, however, almost took a month.
What Took White Boy Rick So Long to be Transported?
From Michigan, Wershe was transferred to Milan Federal Prison. Two weeks later, he boarded a plane together with other inmates to Oklahoma.
He was housed in a county jail due to the overcrowding at the Federal Transfer Center. After 12 days, he was on the move again and was finally taken to Florida.
The slow transport of the longest serving juvenile drug offender in Michigan’s history could be attributed to the following:
- Damage that the Hurricane Irma caused in Florida
- As much as possible, prisoners are to be transferred in the least expensive way. Thus, officials wait for the transfer until several inmates need to be moved to the same destination.
Why Michigan’s Longest Serving Juvenile Drug Offender Must Do More Time
Wershe will serve time in Florida for his participation in a car theft ring while he was behind bars in Manistee.
In 2006, he introduced her sister to a car salesman to help her earn money. This, however, turned into a stolen car ring.
White Boy Rick said he pleaded guilty to protect her mother and sister from criminal charges. A judge sentenced him to five years in prison on racketeering charges.
When Will White Boy Rick He Be Released?
But he will be able to ask for release through clemency in a few months.
Wershe was the longest-serving non-violent juvenile offender in the history of Michigan. He was arrested when he was 17 years old for drug trafficking charges and spent almost three decades in prison.
White Boy Rick’s life story has been adapted into a movie, which will be released in January 2018.