Shawn Rech’s ‘White Boy’ chronicles the compelling story of Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe Jr., who used to work as an FBI informant in the 1980s. He was eventually arrested in 1987 for possession of cocaine but was sentenced to life in prison without parole under a law that was repealed later. He could only get out of prison after 32 years, while life outside passed him by, and his children grew up without him having a chance to experience that. Curious to know what they are up to and if Richard got married? Here’s everything we know!
Who Are Rick Wershe Jr.’s Fiancee and Children?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of Richard’s family, it wouldn’t hurt to know a little bit more about the man himself. After all, Richard Wershe Jr. went to prison when he was only 17 years old. He was convicted of possession of cocaine. Under the much-criticized 650-Lifer Law, Richard was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, despite being a non-violent offender.
He had to endure a life where his family, especially his children, went on with their lives without him. He tried his best to present in their lives, but given his circumstance and incarceration, he could only do so in a limited manner from prison.
When White Boy Rick was granted a resentencing hearing, his then 27-year-old son, Richard Williams, who was born only after his father was already behind bars, said, “We have to play by the rules. He has to play by the rules, (but) the rules can be fair for once. The biggest thing is the topic of justice came up (during the hearing).” Eventually, White Boy Rick became a free man 3 decades after he was imprisoned.
Speaking about the entire ordeal, Richard said, “The people that conspired to keep me in prison, nothing will ever happen to them, they look in the mirror every day and know what they did to me. You also did it to my family. My mother, father, sister, (and) children; they all lost me for 32 years. It’s not right.” Since being released, though, Richard Wershe got a chance to make up for the lost time. He was able to spend more time with his family that now included three children and six grandchildren. It would interest you to know that Wershe has two daughters, although information about them seems to be quite scarce.
On the personal front, Richard has been engaged to Michelle MacDonald. They have been dating since they were mere teenagers in middle school. After his release, Michelle stated, “We were very overwhelmed. Everything went as planned. (He’s) happy, healthy, and excited (and) emotional. All the things I guess you expect after 32 years.” She added, “I think everything went really well, and he looks forward to everything that he has ahead of him.”
Where Are Rick Wershe Jr.’s Fiancee and Children Today?
Richard had always stated that one of his biggest regrets was not being able to be a father to his three children. He did the best he could through phone calls and occasional meetings while he was in prison. It has been his priority to reconnect with them and spend more time with his grandchildren, something he didn’t get to do with his kids. Presently, from what we can tell, Rick and his fiancee live in Michigan with their two rescue dogs, Rosie and Sophie.
Richard’s son, who goes by Rich W, is in his early 30s now. He graduated from the University of Michigan and was last reported to be working a white-collar job. During the screening of ‘White Boy Rick,’ a Hollywood adaptation of Richard’s life, he stated that his father was smarter and more caring than what the movie had portrayed. As for his two daughters and the six grandchildren, not much is known about them. It seems as though they prefer to stay away from the limelight.
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