5 things to know about ‘White Boy Rick’ Wershe, who is now a free man after his release earlier this week

Wershe spent 32 years behind bars -- in fact, he was the longest-serving nonviolent juvenile offender in Michigan history


In case you missed it, Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe Jr. was released earlier this week from a Florida halfway house. They were his first steps of true freedom since he was a teenager.

After spending more than 30 years behind bars and paroled, as of Monday, Wershe was free.

Read more: How exactly ‘White Boy Rick’ became an informant, drug dealer in Detroit

Wershe was the longest-serving nonviolent juvenile offender in Michigan history. Arrested at 17 years old for drug offenses, he was locked up until age 48. Wershe is now 51. (He was paroled in 2017 -- more on the timeline below).

What has changed since 'White Boy Rick' Wershe went to prision

At age 14, he became the youngest FBI informant ever -- and helped bring down some of Detroit’s biggest drug dealers. But then he became a drug dealer himself, crossed powerful city leaders, and ended up in prison for three decades.

Here are five more things to know:

Most recently, Wershe had been staying in a Florida halfway house.