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.
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).
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: