- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area drug dealer who has been in prison for 29 years for crimes when he was a teen has talked by video with the chairman of the Michigan parole board in his latest bid for release.

Ralph Musilli, an attorney for Richard Wershe (WER’-she), says the one-hour meeting went well Tuesday. Wershe, who was known as “White Boy Rick,” spoke to Mike Eagen from a prison in Manistee.

Corrections Department spokesman Chris Gautz says Eagen will write a summary and give an opinion in mid-March on whether the full board should hold a public hearing.

Eagen asked Wershe about his plans if he’s released from prison.

The 47-year-old Wershe is serving a life sentence with occasional opportunities for parole. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy is taking a neutral position. If released, it’s possible he may be sent to Florida to serve time for a crime.

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