The ‘White Boy’ Rick story

The ‘White Boy’ Rick story


>>THE STORY OF WHITE BOY RICK PRETE A KID HE BECAME A POLICE INFORMANT AT THE AGE OF 14. NO BASEBALL GAMES OR GO CRUTCHES JUST DRUGS. BY 17 HE WAS DEALING AND SHOT BY SURVEY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. AND NO COUNTS NO FUTURE PLANS. 18 AND A LIFER. BUSTED FOR COCAINE. A JUVENILE SENTENCE FOR LIFE IN PRISON.
THE FACTS CAN MAKE IT HARD TO FEEL SORRY FOR RICK WERSHE JUNIOR. HE COMMIT THE CRIMES AND THE MORE BEHIND BARS. AS THE STORY OF WHITE BOY RICK PLAYS OUT THERE’S MUCH MORE TO IT. HE IS 47 YEARS OLD AND 29 OF THESE YEARS HAVE BEEN SPENT IN PRISON. MURDERERS, RAPIST, AND VIOLENT OFFENDERS OUT BEFORE HIM. HE GOES DOWN IN HISTORY FOR THE MOST TIME OF ANY NONVIOLENT JUVENILE OFFENDER. HE’S MADE MANY MISTAKES BUT IS ALSO BEEN A VALUABLE ASSET. AN FBI INFORMANT BEHIND BARS. THEY SAY THEY HAVE DONE — HE HAS DONE MORE TO BLUSTERY COPS AND DRUG DEALERS. STILL,THE PROBE OR DENIED HIS RELEASE. NOW ANOTHER CHANCE AT FREEDOM. HE DID THE CRIMES. HAS HE DONE ENOUGH CRIME — TIME ? ANOTHER CHAPTER ON HIS EFFORT TO BE ON THE OUTSIDE. TONIGHT THE WHITE BOY RICK STORY.>>I AM KIMBERLY GILL AND TONIGHT WE TAKE AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE THE WHITE BOY RICK STOR>>KEVIN DIETZ HAS FILED THIS CASE SO CLOSELY. TONIGHT HE WAS IN HIS BACK TO THIS GETTING IT DESTROYED.>>HE WAITS ON THE PAROLE BOARD ON WHETHER HE WILL BE LET OUT OF PRISO>>HIS FAMILY IS REMAINING HOPEFUL THAT THE PAROLE BOARD WILL VOTE TO RELEASE HIM. KEVIN YOU WERE IN THAT YEAR NORMAN JACKSON.>>YES. IT WAS FILLED WITH FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF WERSHE’S RELEASE. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THIS WOULD BE AN EASY HEARING. NOT BY A LONGSHOT. IN A SMALL HEARING ROOM INSIDE A SECURE PRISON INSIDE JACKSON MICHIGAN. RICHARD WERSHE SAT ANSWERING TOUGH QUESTIONS . WERSHE’S GOAWAS TO CONVINCE THEM THAT HE HAS ADMITTED HIS CRIMES, LEARNED HIS LESSON AND WILL BE A PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF SOCIETY IF RELEASED. JUST HOURS BEFORE THE HEARING, WERSHE TOLD ME BY TELEPHONE , HE WAS NERVOUS.>>A LOT OF SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. I GUESS, AT BEST, I AM CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC. IT IS A BIG DAY. 30 YEARS IN THE CAGE AND I HAVE A CHANCE TO GET MY LIFE BACK. IT IS NERVE-RACKING TO SAY THE LEAST.>>INSIDE THE HEARING, HERSHEY W WERSHE STAYED ON POINT. HE SAID I COULD ONLY TO BE THE BEST FROM THIS DAY FORWARD AND I CANNOT LOOK BACK. SCOTT WITH MELTED LOOK BACK. HE SAID TELL THE TRUTH WE COULD SEE THROUGH THE LIES. WERSHE TESTIFIED AT THE AGE OF 17 HE WAS IN A CAR PULLED OVER BY TRUE DETROIT POLICE. INSIDE THE CAR WAS A CLEAR PLUS A BAG WITH AROUND $30,000. HE IS NOW A 47-YEAR-OLD MAN ADMITTED THAT THE MONEY WAS GIVEN TO HIM IN EXCHANGE FOR COCAINE. WERSHE SAID THAT HE RAN FOR THE POLICE TO HIS GRANDMOTHER’S GARAGE FOR THE COCAINE WAS HIDDEN.
HE GRABBED A BOX WITH EIGHT KILOS OF COCAINE AND HIT IT UNDER A PORCH A FEW STREETS AWAY. HE THEN APOLOGIZED TO THE BOARD AND INSISTED THAT TODAY HE DESPISES DRUGS MORE THAN ANYONE. SAYING , I KNOW THAT THE DRUGS I SOLD DESTROY PEOPLE’S LIVES. DESTROYED THE COMMUNITY. COST ME 30 YEARS OF MY LIFE AND, I FEEL I HAVE DONE THE TIME AND HAD BEEN REHABILITATED. I WOULD NOT RETURN TO THAT LIFE. IT WAS A GRUELING FOUR HOUR HEARING THAT LEFT HIS SISTER DAWN HOPEFUL.>>I THINK HE IS VERY REMOTE FULL FOR THE CRIMES HE HAS COMMITTED ESPECIALLY WHILE INCARCERATED. I CAN TELL YOU, HE WILL NOT BE BACK. HE WANTS A NEW START AND HE WANTS HIS FAMILY AND HIS KIDS. HE HAS MISSED HIS CHILDREN AND HIS GRANDCHILDREN GROWING UP. LET ALONE, MY FATHER. WE HAVE NOT BURIED MY FATHER YET. WHEN HE GETS HOME WE WILL DO THAT ALSO.>>WERSHE’S MOM IS NERVOUS.>>I’M GOING TO PRAY FOR HIM. THAT HE DESERVES TO GET OUT. THAT HE TOLD ALL THE TRUTHS THAT HE COULD TODAY.>>THE HEARING THAT HE DID AT ONE POINT WHEN ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL GOT INTO WERSHE’S 2005 CONVICTION FOR HIS ROLE IN A STOLEN CAR RING FROM BEHIND BARS. WERSHE INTRODUCED HIS SISTER TO A USED CAR DEALER IN MIAMI. WERSHE SISTER END UP RESELLING STOLEN CARS. WERSHE’S MOM BOUGHT A STOLEN CAR. WERSHE AND UP PLEADING GUILTY TO 2 FELONIESFOR HIS MOM AND SISTER NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH CRIMES. IN HIS HEARING HE SAID IT WAS A BIG MISTAKE. I WAS TRYING TO HELP MY SISTER. SHE WAS RAISE MY DAUGHTER AT THE TIME. THEN HE READ FROM ANOTHER REPORT, A CRIMINAL WHO CLAIMED WERSHE PLANNED TO LOAD THE CARS WITH STOLEN COCAINE TO GAIN PROFITS. HE BECAME AGITATED AND SAID THAT THAT WAS FALSE. I NEVER PLEADED GUILTY TANY DRUG STUFF. HE RESPONDED BY ASKINHIM TO CALM DOWN AND TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH. WERSHE PAUSED INTO DEEP BREATH AND THE HEARING CONTINUED. OUTSIDE, RETIRED FBI AGENT GREG SCHWARTZ : THE LINE OF QUESTIONING INAPPROPRIATE AND UNTRUE.>>MOST OF THAT IN THERE, THAT THIS GUY WAS ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT IS FALSE. AND YET, HE JUST ASSUMED IT WAS ALL TRUE. DID YOU DO THE INVESTIGATION? DID YOU SPEAK WITH THE INVESTIGATOR DOWN IN FLORIDA? NUMBER WILL I HAVE GREAT .>>SCHWARTZ SAID THAT NOT ONLY WAS WERSHE RECRUITED AND PAID BY POLICE AS A 14-YEAR-OLD EIGHTH GRADER TO BUY DRUGS AND STITCH ON DRUG DEALERS. WHILE IN PRISON, HE WAS A MAJOR KEY TO A STING OPERATION THAT LED TO A DOZEN ARREST. HE CALLS WERSHE THE SINGLE MOST IMPORT PORTENT .>>HE LITERALLY HAD THE SAFETY OF UNDERCOVER AGENTS IN PALM OF HIS HAND. HE ALWAYS DID THE RIGHT THING.>>RETIRED FBI AGENT ROBIN WAS AT THE HEARING TO. HE SAID WERSHE HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT IN MANY NATIONAL CASES DO.>>WHEN HE WAS IN THE WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM HOW HE COOPERATED ON A NUMBER MATTERS THERE, INCLUDING THE MURDER PLOT INVOLVINA MAJOR CRIME FIGURE OF NEW YORK.
>>THE PAROLE BOARD FROM THE RECORD THAT WERSHE GOT INTO TROUBLE ONCE FOR GAMBLING AND TWICE PROVIDING IN HIS NEARLY 30 YEARS INCARCERATED.
HE INSISTED THAT HIS 29 YEARS SERVED AND IS COOPERATION AGAINST OTHER CRIMINALS OUTWEIGHS HIS CRIMINAL CONVICTION AND VIOLATIONS FROM BEHIND BARS.>>ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. HE HAS SPENT ENOUGH TIME FOR WHAT HE DID. THE PROPORTIONALITY IS STARTING TO OVERWHELM .>>WERSHE CLOSE THE PAROLE HEARING SAYING I AM NEARLY 50 YEARS OLD. THE ONLY THING I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT I AM NOT THE PERSON THAT I WAS. THEN PROMISING THAT IF HE WAS RELEASED HE WOULD STAY OUT OF TROUBLE. SAYING, ALL I CAN GIVE YOU IS MY WORK. I WILL NEVER COMMIT ANOTHER CRIME. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BELIEVE ME, I UNDERSTAND. I AM A CRIMINAL. ALL I CAN GIVE YOU IS MY WORD AS A MAN. AFTER THE HEARING I SPOKE WITH WERSHE BY TELEPHONE. HE TOLD ME THAT THE HEARING WAS DIFFICULT. HE WANT TO FOCUS ON THE GOOD THINGS HE HAD DONE WHILE BEING LOCKED U THEY KEPT CIRCLING BACK TO THE MISTAKES HE HAS MADE DURING HIS LIFE. HE REALIZES THE BOARD DOES NOT TAKE PAROLE LIGHTLY AND HE IS GRATEFUL TO GET A CHANCE TO MAKE HIS CASE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.>>KEVIN, YOU FOLLOW DEVELOPMENT OF THE RIGHT WAY RICK STORY ALL THESE YEARS. ALSO TRAVELING TO THE PRISON TO SPEAK WITH THEM.>>A TEENAGER WHEN ALL OF THIS STARTED. WERSHE HAS SERVED MORE THAN ANY NONVIOLENT JUVENILE IN HISTORY.>>HE IS NOT INTIMIDATING AND HE IS NOT A SCARY FIGURE. EVEN THOUGH HE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL IN THE NINTH GRADE, YOU CAN TELL HE IS INTELLIGENT. HE HAS A HARD TIME SAYING NO TO PEOPLE. WHEN POLICE ASKED HIM TO HELP BUS DRUG DEALERS AT THE AGE OF 14, HE WAS ALL IN.>>>THIS IS RICK WERSHE DECADES AGO. A SKINNY KID WITH KNOBBY HAIR HE WAS ARRESTED FOR SELLING EIGHT KILOS OF COCAINE. THE MEDIA GAVE HIM THE NICKNAME WHITE BOY RICK. IT STUCK. A JUDGE SENT HIM TO PRISON FOR LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE. WHILE IN PRISON, HE WAS CONVICTED OF PARTAKING IN A STOLEN CAR RING BEHIND BARS. HE IS TOLD LOCAL 4 WAY BACK IN 1990 THAT HE MADE MISTAKES, BUT WAS WILLING TO MAKE UP FOR IT BY TURNING IN SOME OF DETROIT’S MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE .>>THAT IS NOTHING.
THE CORRUPTION RUNS SO DEEP IT IS A SHAME.>>MORE THAN 10,000 DAYS HAVE PASSED SINCE WERSHE WAS FIRST LOCKED UP. THE MICHIGAN CONSTITUTION NO LONGER ALLOWS SENTENCES WITHOUT PAROLE FOR MINORS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES. RICK WERSHE IS STILL HERE. HE IS NOW A 47-YEAR-OLD MAN. 29 YEARS HAVE PASSED. IT IS UNHEARD OF FOR NONVIOLENT JUVENILE OFFENDERS. EVEN MORE BIZARRE, BECAUSE RICK WERSHE HAS COOPERATED WITH POLICE.>>HE PROVIDED INFORMATION THAT RESULTED IN THE CONVICTION OF A LOT OF CORRUPT POLICE OFFICERS.>>GRACE WORKS WITH THE FBI AGENT THAT TURNED WERSHE’S INFORMATION INTO NEW ARREST. HE SAID WERSHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THANKED BY THE MICHIGAN PAROLE BOARD AND RELEASE FROM PRISON YEARS AGO.>>WHAT YOU HAVE AGAINST THE KID THAT WAS 17 YEARS OLD AND HAS NOW SPENT HALF OF HIS LIFE BEHIND BARS?>>TO FIND OUT MORE, I DROVE TO PRISON IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN. WHERE I SAT FOR HOURS WITH THE JUGULAR KNOWN AS WHITE BOY RICK. CAMERAS ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE.>>YOU SHOULD’VE GOTTEN THE KEY FOR THE CITY OF DETROIT.>>WHEN YOU’RE TALKING TO WERSHE HE DOES NOT SOUND PARANOID, JUST CONFUSED. HE CANNOT FIGURE OUT WHAT IS KEEPING HIM LOCKED UP FOR SO LONG.>>THE GOVERNMENT IS CONVINCING METHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING FOR YOU AND WE ARE GOING TO HELP YOU. YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW MUCH THIS MEANS TO US. WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU.>>WERSHE SAYS THE SAME PAROLE BOARD THAT HAS RELEASED DOZENS OF RAPISTS, MURDERERS, AND DRUG LORDS , REFUSES TO LET HIM OUT. BECAUSE HE LET — HELPED POLICE GO AFTER POWERFUL PEOPLE .>>MEMBERS A LOT OF PEOPLE BUT ALL I DID WAS TO PRESS ASKED.>>HE GAVE INFORMATION THAT LED TO ARREST A FAMILY OF FRIENDS OF COLEMAN YOUNG. THE FORMER MAYOR’S FAVORITE BODYGUARD JIMMY HARRIS , BROTHER-IN-LAW BILLY OLSON AND NIECE KATHY WILSON WERE ALL ARRESTED DUE TO HIS COOPERATION.>>HE WAS EXTREMELY UPSET WITH ME, HE CALLED ME STOOL PIGEON, FOR TURNING AND CORRUPT COPS. I THOUGHT ANY MARE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE CORRUPT COPS OFF THE STREETS. COLEMAN YOUNG CALL ME STOOL PIGEON.>>ALSO PROVIDED INFORMATION ON GILL HILL A HOMICIDE BOSS WHO APPEARED IN THE EDDIE MURPHY MOVIE BEVERLY HILLS COP.>>WERSHE SAID HE HEARD A PHONE CONVERSATION WHERE A DRUG DEALER WHO IS POSSIBLE FOR A SHOOTING DEATH OF A 12-YEAR-OLD KID, CALLED GIL HILL ASK FOR HELP.>>GIL HILL TOLD HIM THAT HE HAD IT UNDER CONTROL AND NOT TO WORRY ABOUT IT.>>GIL HILL WAS INVESTIGATED BUT NEVER CHARGED. HE PUBLICLY CALLED WERSHE A LIAR.>>I THINK THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IT IS RELATED TO MY COOPERATION ABOUT GIL HILL AND POLICE CORRUPTION IN DETROIT.>>WERSHE WAS ALSO HELPING THE WAYNE COUNTY MUSCULAR’S OFFICE. MIKE DUNCAN WHO IS NOW MAYOR WAS PROSECUTOR AT THE TIME. MIKE TALKS HE WENT ON TO BECOME ATTORNEY GENERAL WAS ASSIGNED TO FIND OUT WHAT WERSHE KNEW ABOUT THE SAME ORDER THAT GIL HILL WAS ACCUSED OF COVERING UP.>>I SPOKE TO MR. COX THREE OR FOUR TIMES AT LENGTH ABOUT THE MURDER . I EXPLAINED EVERYTHING TO HIM.>>WERSHE WAS NOT GIVEN A METAL FOR PROPERTY WITH POLICE. WHEN HE GOT HIS ONE AND ONLY PAROLE HEARING IN 2003, THE PROMISES MADE TO HELP THEM GET OUT OF PRISON WERE BROKEN. WAYNE COUNTY PROSECUTOR MIKE DUNCAN WROTE A SCATHING LETTER . THEN HE RESCINDED HIS REGULATION FOR LEASE.>>ARRAY: NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT BRIEF THAT I COOPERATED . THEN ALL AT ONCTHEY ALL HAD SUMMING THAT IS A BALMY.>>THE PAROLE BOARD DENIED HIS RELEASE AND FOR 11 STRAIGHT YEARS HAS REFUSETO GIVE THEM ANY ADDITIONAL HEARINGS.>>THERE SOMEONE OR SOMETHING THAT’S KEEPING ME IN PRISON AND IS NOT THE CRIME THAT COMMITTED.>>WERSHE’S ATTORNEY WANTS AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE PAROLE BOARD. HE IS ASKING THE FEDERAL COURTS TO INTERVENE.>>I DO NOT KNOW WHO WOULD STILL WANT HIM IN. TO ME, THAT IS THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION.>>BEFORE RICK WERSHE WAS ARRESTED BY THE COPS, HE WAS WORKING FOR THE COPS. HE WAS ONLY 14 YEARS OLD , A FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL. HIS FATHER WHO IS ALSO A PAID INFORMANT GAVE PERMISSION. P>>THEY SHOWED ME SOME PICTURES AND ASKED ME WHO THIS PERSON WAS AND WHO THAT PERSON WAS. I BASICALLY, IDENTIFIED THEM AND THEN THEY SAID THEY WOULD BE IN TOUCH. THE RELATIONSHIP GREW FROM THERE. IT WOULD INTO THEM SETTING THE INTO HOUSES TO PURCHASE DRUGS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.>>SOON, WERSHE WAS QUICK AND HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO COZY UP TO CRIMINALS. AND HELP POLICE TO BUST THEM.>>I WAS ASKED TO GO OUT THERE AND GET INFORMATION ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE DRUG TRADE. THEIR CONNECTIONS AND HOW THE DRUGS ARE COMING IN.>>THESE DOCUMENTS OBTAINED SHOWED NUMEROUS PAYOUTS FOR PERMISSION.>>OVER THE COURSE OF TWO YEARS, I WOULD SAY PROBABLY AROUND $30,0 .>>IS NOT ENOUGH TO DRIVE BUT WAS ALREADY BUYING CARWITH MONEY GIVEN TO THEM BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. WERSHE WAS GETTING PAID AND POLICE WERE MAKING ARRESTS. EVERYTHING WAS WORKING OUT UNTIL AGE 15, RICK WERSHE WAS SHOT BY SUSPICIOUS DRUG DEALER.>>I WAS SHOT AND I NEVER WENT BACK TO SCHOOL. I STARTED THE NINTH GRADE AND WHEN I GOT SHOT I NEVER WENT BACK.>>I DO NOT USE THE WORD TRAGEDY OR INJUSTICE LATELY. I USE IT EMPHATICALLY WHEN I TALK ABOUT RICK WERSHE. BERNSTEIN IS A AUTHOR .>>HE IS RESEARCH THE WERSHE CASE FOR YEARS. THE POLICE DID WAS UNCONSCIONABLE.>>DESTROYING HIM IN THE CAGE AND THROWING THE KEY AWAY.>>AFTER THE SHOOTING, POLICE STAYED AWAY FOR A WHILE. WITHIN A FEW MONTHS THEY WERE BACK. THIS TIME, THEY HAD AN ELABORATE PLAN. A ROAD TRIP TO LAS VEGAS.>>THERE WAS A BOXING MATCH.
THEY WANT TO ENOUGH INFORMATION THAT CAN GET ON A DRUG INFORMATION IN DETROIT.>>TOMMY HURNS WAS TO FIGHT HAGLERIN A MATCH THAT THE ENTIRE SPORTS WORLD WAS BUZZING ABOUT. BIG TIME DRUG DEALERS WERE GOING TO ATTEND AND THE FENCE WANTED THE 15-YEAR-OLD WERSHE TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.>>THE GOVERNMENT WAS THE ONE WHO PROVIDED ME THE FAKE ID.>>THEY THOUGHT SITTING RIGHT THERE WITH THE BIG IDEAS IN CASH WOULD REALLY RAISE THE ANTE ON THE OPERATION THEY WERE CONDUCTING.>>THESE REPORTS DOCUMENT THE PAYMENT FOR THE FLIGHT, THE ROOM AND WALK AROUND SPENDING MONEY. THE INVESTMENT PAID OFF. HIS INFORMATION MUCH A BUST OF A MAJOR LOCAL DRUG OPERATION. THEN POLICE SUDDENLY STOPPED COMING AROUND.>>THEY TURNED THEIR BACK ON ME. I WAS A 17-YEAR-OLD KID BIRDI WAS ADDICTED TO THE MONEY.>>HIS DRUG DEALING DAYS LEFT ONE SHORT YEAR. HE WAS BUSTED AND CONVICTED OF HAVING A KILOS OF COCAINE.
HE WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON. POLICE CALLED HIM A DRUG KINGPIN. HE WAS TAGGED WITH THE NICKNAME, WHITE BOY RICK.>>I THINK THE REPUTATION FAR EXCEEDS THE ACTUAL PERSON THAT IS RICK WERSHE. AND WHAT EXACTLY HE WAS DOING DURING THAT TIME.>>HE WAS ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE A DECADE AGO, BUT THE PRO BOARD REFUSES GIVE THEM A HEARING. ARRESTED AT 17, HE IS NOW A 47-YEAR-OLD MAN.>>I THINK IT IS A TRUE TRAGEDY AND AN INJUSTICE THAT NEEDS — A WRONG THAT NEEDS TO BE INVITED.>>I WAS A KID AND I MADE A POOR DECISIO>>WERSHE TELLS ME THAT HE TAKES FULL OWNERSHIP FOR HIS CRIMES AS A TEENAGE DRUG DEALER. HE FEELS THAT THE PRO BOARD SHOULD TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THAT IT WAS THE POLICE HOW TO SELL DRUGS IN THE FIRST PLACE.>>WE ARE JUST GETTING>>WELCOME BAC RICK WERSHE HAS SERVED HIS TIME BUT HE POINTS OUT THAT MURDERERS AND RAPISTS ARE LESS TIME THAN HE HAS.>>HE WAS CONVICTED AS A NONVIOLENT JUVENILE OFFENDER. THE PAROLE BOARD WHICH ONLY RELEASES, OTHER VIOLENT CRIMES AFTER 10 TO 15 YEARS.>>THAT IS WHAT IS REALLY HARD TO COMPREHEND. WHY IS HE STILL IN PRISON WHEN VIOLENT OFFENDERS HAVE BEEN PAROLED? YOU’RE ABOUT TO HEAR FROM A FORMER AA FORMER MEMBER OF THE MICHIGAN PAROLE BOARD WHO IS TROUBLED.>>THEY STAFF PEOPLE IN PRISON AND COMMIT VIOLENT ACTS IN PRISON THEY ARE PAROLED. WHY AM I SO DIFFERENT?>>TO FIND OUT WHY, WE WENT TO ROBERT A GARY WHO IS A RETIRED POLICE OFFICER WHO ALSO SERVED ON THE PAROLE BOARD. THE PROBLEM IS, HE CANNOT FIGURE OUT WHY VIOLENT OFFENDERS ARE GETTING OUT OF PRISON AND WERSHE IS NOT.>>I HAVE RELEASED PEOPLE WHO ARE ARMED ROBBERS AND SOME WHO HAVE COMMITTED MURDER. SO WHY NOT HIM? THAT IS A GREAT PERSON I DO NOT KNOW.>>THE SINGLE DRUG CHARGE AND SINGLE CAR CASE ARE NONVIOLENT CRIMES. KEEPING HIM LOCKED UP IS CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT.>>I VOTED TO HAVE HIM RELEASED. IT MADE SENSE. THERE WAS NO REASON IN THIS WORLD THAT HE SHOULD STILL BE THERE.>>THERE IS CURRENTLY 10 MEMBERS ON THE PAROLE BOARD . WE WENT TO PUBLIC HEARING AND TOLD CAMERAS ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE. THE MEMBERS ARE APPOINTED AND PAID CLOSE TO $100,000 A YEAR. IN 2003, THE BOARD DENIED PAROLE AFTER WERSHE’S ONE AND ONLY HEARING. IN 2010, ROBERT A GARY INSISTED ON ANOTHER VOTE.>>THE BOARD VOTED NOT TO ALLOW HIM TO HAVE ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING .>>IN 2012 BOARD MEMBER BARBARA SAMPSON REFUSED TO GIVE HIM A HEARING. SAYING THEY’LL TAKE ANOTHER LOOK INTO THOUSAND AND 17. WERSHE SITS AND SITS. LONGER THAN ANY OTHER ON VIOLENT OFFENDERIN HISTORY. THE COST TAXPAYERS, POSSIBLY $800,000.>>HE ATTENDED WERSHE’S HEARING AS A SUPPORTERTO HIS RELEASE. HE SENT A LENGTHY LETTER TO CURRENT PAROLE MEMBERS SAYING WHAT HE THINKS THEY SHOULD VOTE TO APPROVE HIS PAROLE THIS TIME AROUND.>>HOLLYWOOD IS ALL OVER THE WEB BY RICK STORY. WE TAKE YOU BEHINTHE FILMING IN DETROIT AND CLEVELAND. AND THE MEETING BETWEE MALCOLM, HEY AND RICK WERSH>>I WILL HAVE THE HOPE THAT THEY WILL SEE THIS THING IN CONTEXT AND SAY TO THEMSELVES, OH MY GOD, JOE DRUG YOU’RE INFORMANT THAT IS A JOB. PROMISES ARE MADE AND THEY SHOULD BE ENFORCEABLE.>>SOME SAY THAT WERSHE DESERVES TO BE WHERE HE IS. SOME SAY BECAUSE HE SCREWED U IN PERSON — PRISON.>>PROBLEMS LOOK FOR ANY EXCUSE TO DO NOTHING. THIS CONVICTION WHILE IN PRISON PROVIDES THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO DO NOTHING.>>WHY IS RICK WERSHE STILL BEHIND BARS?>>Wershe: THERE IS SOMEONE OR SOMETHING THAT’S KEEPING ME IN PRISON AND IS NOT THE CRIME THEY COMMITTED. NEXT DERSHOWITZ SUSPECTS IS MOSTLY POLITICS.
UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT HAS LED WERSHE DOWN.>>IT IS A VIOLATION OF THE SPIRIT ABOUT THE WORD OF THE LAW. DISSONANCE ESTIMATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROBLEMS THAT YOU WOULD HOPE A COURT WILL LOOK AT IT VERY SKEPTICALLY.>>DERSHOWITZ HAS SPOKEN WITH WERSHE’S ATTORNEY AND IS OFFERED TO HELP IF NEEDED. HIS EXPERTISE WOULD BE IN THE FEDERAL COURTS IF WERSHE IS DENIED PAROLE ONCE AGAIN.>>THE THE WHITE BOY RICK STORY INVOLVES MANY SHAKERAND MOVERS OF DETROIT.>>FIORI HALLET A FEW OF THOSE NIGHT. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF UNEXPECTED RELATIONSHIPS THAT WERSHE HAS.>>ONE IS WITH MUSICIAN KID ROCK. THE TWO GREW UP NEAR EACH OTHER. KID ROCK SPOKE ON HIS BEHALF AT HIS 2003 HEARING. PLAN BACKFIRED WHEN POLICE TOLD THE PAROLE BOARD THAT THEY’RE WORRIED THAT HE WOULD GET OUT AND GET CAUGHT UP WITH THE WILD MUSICIAN CROWD.>>Wershe: HE WAS LIKE THIS IS WRONG.
THE GUY DID NOT COME DOWN THERE BECAUSE HE WAS A ROCK STAR OR A WRAPPER TO SAY DRUGS ARE OKAY OR ANY OF THAT. WE HAVE HAD DISCUSSIONS AND HE THOUGHT THIS IS WRONG. THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LIED TO AND THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN LIED TO. HE TRIED TO HELP ME.>>THAT IS ONE. ANOTHER INTERESTING CONNECTION THAT RIGHT BY RICK HAS IS WITH FORMER MAYOR KILPATRICK BEHIND BARS FROM ALL PLACES.>>KILPATRICK IS SERVING 20 YEARS FOR RACKETEERING. BEFORE THAT HE SPENT 18 MONTHS IN STATE PRISON FOR FAILING TO PAY THE CITY OF DETROIT COURT ORDER RESTITUTION PAYMENTS.>>KILPATRICK AND WERSHE ENDED UP IN THE SAME PRISON WALK AND CHATTED OFTEN. HE WAS RIGHT NEXT TO THE FORMER MAYOR WHEN HE RECEIVED A PHONE CALL WHEN THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS DOUBTING HIM ON RACKETEERING CHARGES.>>Wershe: AS AS SOON AS HE GOT OFF THE PHONE , I SAID , HE WAS PALE AT BEST. HE WAS GREAT-LOOKING. HE TOLD ME WHAT HAD HAPPENED AND WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT GREAT I LET HIM DIGEST IT FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS AND THEN I TOLD HITHAT I KNOW YOU THINK YOU’RE SMARTER THAN ME BUT I’VE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD. I’M TELLING YOU THE BEST WAY TO GO. I WISH YOU WOULD HAVE LISTENED TO ME. 28 YEARS. HE DID A LOT OF DAMAGE, BUT I DO NOT THINK HE DESERVED 28 YEARS.>>FASCINATED CONNECTION THERE. WHITE BOY RICK HAS SPENT NEARLY 30 YEARS IN PRISON .>>THAT IS THREE DECADES OF HISTORY HE HAS WATCHED FROM BEHIND BARS. WE HAVE PUT THE TIME IN

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    Larry A. Grimenstein

    Sorry to say it but this guy is the worst kind of criminal ever. Even though he was a kid he knew better, nothing's worse than somebody that plays both sides the entire time working as a snitch and then selling drugs carte blanche to boot. I wonder how many people deaths he's responsible for I'll bet a lot. Instead of dealing with the consequences of his own crimes he went and snitched on other people in fact it's kind of fitting he got so much time cuz usually those kind of guys don't do a day in prison and get away with all their criminal behavior that they did before hand anyway

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    Annastasia

    I knew someone that were informants and thought their charge would be dropped, found out when they were applying their felony was still on there. lol Then their small town they're from calls them a snitch since know they were in trouble. lol

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    pluijm2

    It show you, never to trust these kind of bastards. They used this boy/man and now let him rot in jail. Bastards! Life in prison for a bit of coke, a non violent crime. It stinks like hell. It's a crying shame. And now after this outcry he is now to get out in 2020, the parole board unanimously vote to release him, how surprising. Gil Hil obviously was as dirty as they get.

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    Strong Hustle

    Well good since snitching on people ran through his family tree.. it can stop now. Mind your own business people, unless it personally affects your own life stfu

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    Kimberly Woods

    He should have served no time he got crooked cops and killers off the streets and he got more time then child rapist and murders plus he was a child only 14 years old.

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    AARON EVANS

    Michigan is a very very very corrupt State I lived here for 44 years but my new state is corrupt too

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    francesco zambuto

    Why are you saying none violent Wit Boy Rick's dealing in guns and trafficking in not only cocaine but also heroin caused more deaths then any other convicted for one count of murder and other alike crimes so the Boy needs to stay right where he is in prison until he waist away: Releasing him would only encourage other youths to be like him.

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    Yg Bodybuilder

    Not gonna lie this white boy has been in jail for a long time now when everyone else around him or that his was affiliated with is out. Even the Detroit hit man who killed over 30 people is free. Why is this

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    M

    It seems like this is payback for him helping lock up crooked cops. He should have gotten all of these promises of release on paper.

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    Richard Walch

    Snitching on the Druglords would've let him out. He started to rat out Law enforcement that's a no no, In their eyes "lock him up and loose the key".

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    Eric Muse

    At this point I hold Donald Trump responsible for the fact that this man is still incarcerated. I dont agree with snitching unless it on a chomo or rapest. So yeah sometimes snitches get there just desserts. And after 30 years I think hes paid his do'$

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    James Hardalong

    Nothin but a payed informant/snitch that worked directly for the authorities and tried to capitalize his position with the governmet to enrich himself. Dude ain't nothin but a snitch.

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    TheApostate Apostate

    he needs to be stronger then his oppressors now and tell them to screw off, he doesnt care if they parole him or not, and that he isnt going to beg or be their B** any more

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    J Holland

    Too bad Rick is white. If he was black Kim K would have helped him out but instead she's chosen to help another black convict who's in for murder.

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    Mark Toledo

    Hmmm, what happened to thee so called "white privilege" ? Da ya think he got shafted because he was a feather of the the black folk flock? I surely believe so. There is no other reason a sane person could think of.

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    Mark Toledo

    I see kid rock and other people with somewhat pull but not famous trying to help get him out, but with no luck. I don't recall hearing anyrhing about Kardashian/ West duo putting in their two cents trying to get him out like the duo has done for other people in prison for similar shenanigans, which those criminals got lucky and freed. So if they didn't try helping wbr, they should, while they've had luck with Prez Trump on previous sitches. Well hopefully wbr gets good luck which in this case, it's much deserved.

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    David Blackwelder

    He helped the Detroit Police and stays in Prison … why the wonder???? Investigate the Parole Board …

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    ronnie9471

    Wait… arent white people supposed to have white privilege? Well, what happened to his? We hear all this crap in the media about white privilege, but it must be pretty hard to see

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    Michael Dobson

    FREE Rick Wershe NOW and put the real criminals i.e The police, crooked DTF and Gang Unit animals who have no compunction about using a TWELVE YEAR OLD to set up some of the most violent and dangerous drug gangs to ever exist..It is way past time for so called "peace officers" to mandatorily wear body cameras when speaking to any citizen being interrogated for a crime before being read their Miranda rights

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    Robert Florea

    dirty cops thought he would only get black people in trouble too bad he pointed the fingers at the dirty cops who were really responsible, thats why he is in there its sad

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    Your Neighbor Is A Bot

    Is it really worth it? The world is watching this case. The US(yes the federal US) trained a child to be a drug dealer then locked him up for life. Your agents made him addicted to this form of life and you even got him shot. You punish your own child soldiers.

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    MsWhoEverWhatEver

    Why is this such a big deal? Because it’s about a White boy. Period. The bigger question is why was the FBI on a mission to entrap Black mayors? Whether you believe Coleman Young was corrupt or not if you don’t know that that were and are dozens of corrupt White mayors then you are a fool! Why was the FBI only targeting Black ones and what did Coleman Young get on the FBI that made them back off him and the other Black Mayors they had on their list ( was it J. Edgar in a dress? ) If White Boy got punished – yeah that was sad but he wasn’t innocent. Think of all the innocent Black men that get punished. Do you feel sorry for them? We have a corrupt judicial system. Surprise!

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    Adrian Holmes

    Well if they doing all that to keep him in they gon kill him if he get out so he might as well stay in there

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    Marie P. Harris Living MY Best Life

    I am OUTRAGED after seeing the movie. I can't believe that a Minor was Abused and Recklessly put in harm's way by So-called LAW ENFORCEMENT.
    I know for a fact GOD Will deal with them and their family. "WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND." IS NOT JUST A CLICHE it's REALITY……

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    Doobie 420 gang

    Let him free like wtf he dead his dame time for real Plus more let him free and he help y’all bum as polices for real fuk y’all doing for real let him free

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    Marshall Davis

    We know why! He Shook their power structure! And the whole legal system is a crim and farce! It is not law! The lawyer's judges clerks etc are fraudulent participant's! They are all connected to the many secret fraternity's! They have vowed to keep him tied! Period!

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    Andrew Jackson

    Please ……believe this white boy Rick…..case was used to put thousands of blk folkls in jail. They will sacrifice one to get millions. He might still be an inside man.
    ..freedom

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    Carlos Berrios

    They want to set him up….again….I think they want to keep him in so he wont press charges against all of them.

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    Alice Williams

    They keep him alive while all the others are Dead 😡 it's no more YBI workers alive young or Old everyone he told on Dead

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    SAVAGEGRIZZLEY47 47

    WHITE BOY rick😂😂😂😂😂😂. WHITE BOY REALLY😂😂😂😂he doesnt have a last name or wat😂😂😂😂😂

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    James 84

    17 years old and he’s been Locked up for non violent crimes for 30 years makes me sick when people who have done worse crimes are out in much less

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    Dean Baker

    I watched this movie.
    I always believed he was a number first. Not a problem.

    On the real now, I have a good feeling about this one. And it's bad news.

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    STAY FOCUSED

    So sad they turned him into a drug dealer at 14 then had him arrested. They taught him to sell drugs.#FREEWHITEBOYRICK

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    Donna Marie

    WHEN WILL PEOPLE UNDERSTAND……..THEY MAKE THE DAMN LAWS……..THEY CAN DO WHATEVER THEY PLEASE WITH THEM……..NO MORALS; SATANIC; DO YOU THINK THEY GIVE A DAMN….COME ON PEOPLE, WAKE UP.

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    Lavern Scott

    They should relise him yrs ago he was young so why they have him lock uo so long that judge is not a good one let he live his rest of life out of that prison

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    Christopher Harper Digicash

    How long can you hold this against this man? At 46 I am not the same person I was at 15! Come on, now! I'm not even the same person I was at 36! smh…

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    king vilo

    It's fucc up but look at all the people he took from they're families from stitching…..man fucc him and the police

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    Hope Floyd

    I can’t believe this young white boy was about the drug & theft life… this dude looks like he watches cartoons all day & munches on hot pockets..

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