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Man, 20, gets life for murder of homeless woman on Grand Rapids campus

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'White Boy Rick' granted parole by Michigan prison officials

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‘White Boy Rick’ scheduled to meet with parole board

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Judge wants fresh start for once ‘irredeemable’ girl

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Court affirms life sentences in abduction, murder

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Michigan woman gets life in prison for murder parrot allegedly witnessed
A Michigan woman was sentenced to life in prison Monday for the 2015 shooting death of her husband -- and the man’s pet parrot may have been the only witness to the murder. A jury found Glenna Duram, 49, guilty of fatally shooting 46-year-old Martin Duram five times, including once in the head, before turning the gun on herself in a failed suicide attempt   Read More ...
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Man who killed step-daughter because she was hungry gets life sentence
LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan man who killed his step-daughter because she interrupted his nap and asked for something to eat was sentenced this morning to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Thomas McClellan, 25, was found guilty in July of first-degree felony murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree arson in connection with the death of Luna Younger. Michigan law requires a mandatory life sentence for the murder conviction   Read More ...
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Michigan man gets life sentence in stepdaughter’s death
Lansing — A Lansing-area man who told police he killed his 5-year-old stepdaughter after she interrupted his nap has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole. Thomas McClellan of Holt declined to speak in court Wednesday. Judge Joyce Draganchuk says there’s no explanation for what happened to Luna Younger last November. The sentence for first-degree murder was mandatory   Read More ...
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Man, 20, gets life for murder of homeless woman on Grand Rapids campus
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a 34-year-old homeless woman on a west Michigan college campus. Marcus Bivins learned his sentence Wednesday after being found guilty of first-degree murder last month in the April 2016 death of 34-year-old Jeanne Huntoon of Muskegon. Police said the two didn’t know one another and described the crime as random   Read More ...
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Convicted Kansas City child molester sentenced to life in prison plus 15 years
A Kansas City man was sentenced to life in prison plus 15 years after he was convicted of molesting and sodomizing a 9-year-old. A Jackson County jury in May convicted 45-year-old Mark A. Powell of first-degree child molestation and first-degree statutory sodomy. He was sentenced Wednesday by a Jackson County judge. Powell was sentenced to life for statutory sodomy plus 15 years in prison for child molestation   Read More ...
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Good behavior, remorse cited in Wershe parole
Richard Wershe Jr.’s remorse and good behavior played a role in the Michigan Parole Board’s decision last week to parole him from his life sentence for drug dealing in Detroit, according to documents obtained by The Detroit News. “(Wershe) was open about his offense and he was able to describe the impact of his criminal actions,” according to a Notice of Decision from the parole board   Read More ...
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WATCH: 6 things you need to know about 'White Boy' Rick Wershe
DETROIT - "White Boy" Rick Wershe was granted parole Friday after spending nearly 30 years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense when he was a teenager. Watch a video below of six things you should know about Wershe. The 10-member parole board voted unanimously to grant the 47-year-old parole. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole when he was 17, and is the state of Michigan's longest serving nonviolent juvenile offender   Read More ...
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'White Boy Rick' granted parole by Michigan prison officials
The Michigan Parole Board on Friday unanimously voted to grant parole to Richard Wershe, who has been in prison for 29 years, WJBK reported. Wersche, who turns 48 next week, was serving a life sentence for possession with intent to deliver more than 650 grams of cocaine, the Detroit Free Press reported. Known on the streets as “White Boy Rick,” Wershe began serving his prison sentence in 1988, when he was 17   Read More ...
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Emotional 'White Boy' Rick Wershe 'overwhelmed with joy' after parole decision
DETROIT - "White Boy" Rick Wershe spoke Friday with Local 4 Defender Kevin Dietz over the phone after the Michigan parole board voted to grant his release. Wershe spent nearly 30 years in prison after being arrested in a 1987 drug bust. After a failed attempt at parole in 2003, he finally got another chance on June 8, when he met with two members of the parole board   Read More ...
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After being granted parole, Richard Wershe Jr. tells outside world: 'I'm coming home'
DETROIT - The Michigan Parole Board has voted to grant Richard Wershe Jr., known as "White Boy Rick," parole after nearly 30 years in prison. Wershe needed at least six of the 10 board members to support his plea for freedom. The 47-year-old was just 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a drug conviction. He has been the state of Michigan's longest serving nonviolent juvenile offender   Read More ...
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'White Boy' Rick Wershe is granted parole in Michigan after nearly 30 years in prison
The Michigan Parole Board has voted to grant Richard Wershe Jr., known as "White Boy Rick," parole after nearly 30 years in prison. Wershe needed at least six of the 10 board members to support his plea for freedom. The 47-year-old was just 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a drug conviction. He has been the state of Michigan's longest serving nonviolent juvenile offender   Read More ...
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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy reacts to Richard Wershe parole decision
DETROIT - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has released a statement on Richard Wershe Jr. being granted parole in Michigan. The position of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is that this is a decision that has been made by the parole board and that we have no further position. We respect and accept the decision of the parole board. The Michigan Parole Board has voted to grant Richard Wershe Jr   Read More ...
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'White Boy' Rick Wershe granted parole in Michigan; Could be released mid-August
DETROIT - The Michigan Parole Board has voted to grant Richard Wershe Jr., known as "White Boy Rick," parole after nearly 30 years in prison. Wershe needed at least six of the 10 board members to support his plea for freedom. The 47-year-old was just 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a drug conviction. He has been the state of Michigan's longest serving nonviolent juvenile offender   Read More ...
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Wershe parole decision may come Friday
The Michigan Parole Board meets Friday in a highly anticipated decision on whether to grant Richard Wershe Jr. parole from his life sentence for dealing drugs back in the mid-1980s. Wershe, also widely referred to as “White Boy Rick,” has been behind bars for nearly three decades serving a life without parole sentence on a 1988 conviction to deliver more than 650 grams of a controlled substance   Read More ...
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LIVE UPDATES: 'White Boy' Rick Wershe parole decision
Richard Wershe, Jr., known as "White Boy Rick," could get his freedom from Michigan prison when the parole board casts a vote Friday morning. Wershe needs at least six of the 10 parole board members to support his plea for freedom. The 47-year-old was just 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a drug conviction. He has been the state of Michigan's longest serving nonviolent juvenile offender   Read More ...
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'White Boy Rick' to learn if he'll be paroled today
White Boy Rick's mother Darlene McCormick and sister Dawn Scott share thoughts after parole hearing, Thursday, June 8, 2017 at G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press. A long-awaited decision whether to parole the former Detroit drug dealer nicknamed “White Boy Rick” is expected to be made today. The Michigan Parole Board will vote during a closed-door meeting in Lansing then Richard Wershe Jr   Read More ...
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Daniel Clay sentenced to life in prison for 2014 murder of Chelsea Bruck
MONROE, Mich. - Daniel Clay was sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole for the murder of Chelsea Bruck. Daniel Clay leaves court after sentencing. Judge: "You are a liar and a rapist and a killer." pic.twitter.com/ncORd4DxqB. — Jason Colthorp (@JasonColthorp) Bruck, 22, went missing after a Halloween party on Oct. 26, 2014 in Frenchtown Township. Her body wasn't found until April 24, 2015 in a wooded area near train tracks in the village of Carlton   Read More ...
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Parole decision expected Friday in 'White Boy Rick' case
White Boy Rick's mother Darlene McCormick and sister Dawn Scott share thoughts after parole hearing, Thursday, June 8, 2017 at G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. The notorious Detroit drug dealer dubbed “White Boy Rick” in the 1980s is expected to know by the end of the week if he will be paroled for the crime he committed 30 years ago   Read More ...
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23-year-old man sentenced to life in prison for murder of pregnant Melvindale woman
DETROIT - A 23-year-old man was sentenced Thursday for his role in the murder of a pregnant Melvindale woman in September of 2016. Jacob Barnes was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A jury found him guilty of first-degree murder, mutilation of a dead body, and grossly negligent act causing miscarriage or stillbirth. Amanda Lynn Benton was reported missing Sept   Read More ...
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Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe Jr. awaits decision after 4-hour parole hearing
White Boy Rick's mother Darlene McCormick and sister Dawn Scott share thoughts after parole hearing, Thursday, June 8, 2017 at G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. Rick Wershe Jr. promised he'd never commit another crime and asked for forgiveness during a public hearing Thursday that could lead to freedom for the former drug dealer nicknamed "White Boy Rick   Read More ...
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Attorney asks Wershe to 'calm down' at parole board hearing
Buy Photo. Tension rose at one point during Thursday's parole board hearing for former Detroit drug dealer Richard Wershe Jr., known as White Boy Rick, as an attorney questioned him about his past. Wershe, 47, has spent 29 years in prison with the possibility of parole for possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Arrested at age 17 -- not long after secretly working for the FBI and Detroit police -- he admits to stashing 8 kilos of high-grade powdered cocaine and nearly $30,000   Read More ...
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Michigan drug dealer serving life sentence asks for parole
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man seeking parole after nearly 30 years in prison for drug crimes committed when he was a teenager says he won't return to drug dealing. Known on the streets as "White Boy Rick," 47-year-old Richard Wershe (WER'-she) was sentenced to life in prison for intending to deliver cocaine. Prosecutors say he'd stashed about 15 pounds (6   Read More ...
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Michigan parole board holding hearing for 'White Boy Rick'
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area drug dealer will speak to members of the Michigan parole board after 29 years in prison for crimes when he was a teen. Richard Wershe (WER'-she) is appearing at a public hearing Thursday at a prison in Jackson. The 47-year-old, known as "White Boy Rick," is serving a life sentence with occasional opportunities for parole   Read More ...
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'White Boy Rick' to make case for freedom Thursday
Rick Wershe Jr. has spent 29 years in prison for a drug crime committed when he was 17. Buy Photo. After spending nearly three decades in prison for a drug crime, Richard Wershe Jr. will make his case for freedom during a public hearing in Jackson Thursday. But the decision whether to parole the former Detroit drug dealer dubbed White Boy Rick isn’t expected to come until next month at the earliest   Read More ...
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'White Boy' Rick Wershe's parole board hearing is June 8
DETROIT - "White Boy" Rick Wershe has a key hearing this week about his potential release from prison. Wershe is serving a life sentence. He has spent the past 29 years in prison as a nonviolent juvenile offender. The Michigan Parole Board will hold a hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday in Jackson to determine whether he will be released. Wershe has been in prison since he was convicted of possessing more than 650 grams of cocaine in 1988 and sentenced to life in prison   Read More ...
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Drug dealer ‘White Boy Rick’ up for parole again
Lansing — The Detroit drug dealer “White Boy Rick” will get his first parole hearing since 2003, after he was sentenced to life in prison for possession of cocaine in 1988. The state parole board voted Friday in Lansing to set up a public hearing for Richard Wershe Jr., 47, more commonly known as “White Boy Rick.” His last high-profile hearing was 14 years ago, which Detroit area singer Kid Rock attended   Read More ...
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'White Boy Rick' gets hearing before Michigan Parole Board
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Parole Board will hold a public hearing on whether to release a Detroit-area drug dealer who has been in prison for 29 years for crimes when he was a teen. The board voted Friday to proceed to the hearing for Richard Wershe (WER'-she), who was known as "White Boy Rick." The 47-year-old old, who was interviewed by the board chairman in February, is serving a life sentence with occasional opportunities for parole   Read More ...
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'White Boy Rick' gets hearing before Michigan Parole Board
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Parole Board will hold a public hearing on whether to release a Detroit-area drug dealer who has been in prison for 29 years for crimes when he was a teen. The board voted Friday to proceed to the hearing for Richard Wershe (WER'-she), who was known as "White Boy Rick." The 47-year-old old, who was interviewed by the board chairman in February, is serving a life sentence with occasional opportunities for parole   Read More ...
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Imprisoned at 17, Jennifer Pruitt of Pontiac learns her fate today
Buy Photo. Story Highlights Jennifer Pruitt was originally sentenced to life in prison. A pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings made about 350 Michigan prisoners eligible for resentencing. Minimum sentence allowed is 25 years. Ultimate decision on release would be made by the Michigan Parole Board. How many years? That's the question Oakland County Circuit Judge Martha Anderson will answer this afternoon when she resentences Jennifer Pruitt, a Pontiac   Read More ...
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‘White Boy Rick’ scheduled to meet with parole board
Convicted Detroit drug dealer Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe Jr. could be closer to a release from prison. Wershe is scheduled to meet with a member of the Michigan Parole Board in February, his longtime attorney Ralph Musilli told The Detroit News Monday. “I fully expect he will be released on parole this time,” Musilli said. Wershe has spent nearly 29 years behind prison walls for distributing drugs when he   Read More ...
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White Boy Rick Wershe to get a shot at parole of his life sentence
After serving nearly 29 years of a life sentence, onetime teenage cocaine dealer “White Boy” Rick Wershe has gotten the surprise word that he waited half a lifetime to hear: He has a shot at parole. Wershe is scheduled to meet in early February with a parole board member about his chances for release, his lawyer Ralph Musilli said Monday. “This is the beginning of the parole process,” said Musilli,   Read More ...
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Clinton Township man sentenced to life in prison for toddler's murder
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - A Clinton Township man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for the murder of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son. William Mark Warren III was found guilty of felony murder and first-degree child abuse. He was sentenced to life in prison. His girlfriend, Brandee Wright, testified against him after she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, second-degree child abuse and lying to a police officer. Amere   Read More ...
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Prosecutor: Drop parole for officer in Inkster beating
Detroit — A prosecutor is urging the Michigan Parole Board to reconsider the release of a police officer after he serves his minimum prison sentence for beating a motorist. William Melendez could be released soon after 13 months in custody. In 2015, Floyd Dent was pulled from his car in Inkster and punched in the head 16 times. He suffered broken ribs, blood on the brain and other injuries. The   Read More ...
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Prosecutor opposes parole of ex-cop Melendez in Dent beating
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy asked that parole be denied to a former Inkster police officer serving time in prison for beating motorist Floyd Dent during a traffic stop, a letter made public said. In October, the Michigan parole board decided to grant parole to William Melendez, 48, contingent upon him completing a behavioral therapy program, a prison official told the Free Press. “The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office OPPOSES this   Read More ...
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Judge upholds parole denial for Manson follower
Los Angeles — A judge has upheld Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to keep Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten in prison. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William Ryan on Thursday refused a request from Van Houten’s lawyer to overturn Brown’s decision. A state board in April had declared Van Houten, who killed a California couple more than 40 years ago, eligible for parole after years of good prison behavior.   Read More ...
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Judge wants fresh start for once ‘irredeemable’ girl
Jennifer Pruitt was just 15 when she was present — but in another room — when a friend 10 years her senior stabbed a 75-year-old man to death during a robbery. A jury found Jennifer guilty of second-degree murder and, under the state’s sentencing guidelines, I was mandated to sentence her to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In the years since, Jennifer has grown into a remarkable   Read More ...
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Court affirms life sentences in abduction, murder
Buy Photo. Two juvenile lifers were resentenced as adults to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the heinous murder of a man in 2009. The Michigan Court of Appeals confirmed the sentences for Ihab Masalmani and Robert Taylor, who were both 17 when they committed the murder. The pair “had their sentences vacated pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Miller v. Alabama (2013) which   Read More ...
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Royal Oak woman's killer sentenced to life in prison
ROYAL OAK, Mich. - Sentencing is perhaps the most emotional moment of any murder case, as the victims' loved ones have a chance to speak directly to the killer. On Wednesday, the mother of a Royal Oak woman whose life was cut short nearly a year ago spoke directly to the man who killed her daughter. Theresa Diamos, 50, was shot and killed inside her home last October. She lived   Read More ...
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Parole rejected for prisoner in Dearborn killing
Adrian — The Michigan parole board again has declined to release a prison inmate involved in a Dearborn killing who won a state Supreme Court case over a shorter sentence. Matthew Makowski was notified this week that his request for parole was turned down. Makowski has been in prison for 27 years for the death of a co-worker at a Dearborn health club. There’s no dispute that he arranged for   Read More ...
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Prosecutors meet with parole board member in Miller case
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors opposed to parole for a man who admitted killing four central Michigan women in the 1970s have met with a parole board member. Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer tells the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/2bynpoX ) that she and Eaton County's prosecutor attended Monday's meeting. Relatives of the victims also have opposed parole for Donald Miller. The 61-year-old Miller is scheduled to meet next week with   Read More ...
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