Former Wilmington lawmaker sees prison term come to an end

Posted May 1, 2014

— Thomas Wright, a Wilmington Democrat who lost his House seat and freedom to a criminal conviction in 2008, will finish his prison term as soon as the end of this month, according to court documents. 

Wright is serving a 70- to 95-month prison term on charges of obtaining property by false pretense and obstruction of justice. He has earned an early release for his work in prison, according to the Department of Public Safety. His latest projected release date is May 26.

DPS spokesman Keith Acree told the Wilmington StarNews that Wright has worked as a chaplain's clerk, a janitor, a teacher's assistant and in the kitchen.

Wright was convicted of mishandling charity contributions and of transferring funds from campaign accounts to himself.


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  • Mike Slawter May 2, 2014
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    The NC Constitution prohibits him from holding office until his rights of citizenship have been restored. So, at least for the time being, no office.

  • Wake1 May 1, 2014

    Let's see what office he runs for next!

  • archangel44369 May 1, 2014

    If they would chop of the hand of a thief, I reckon there would be less stealing. I know it sounds barbaric, but very effectual. Especially if the one who steals, loses his hand and gets no disability payments and has to work with one hand and/or depends on the willful charity of others.

  • Ginger Lynn May 1, 2014
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    He did the crime and paid his time. I am not a Wright fan at all, but he paid the price and he should get a fresh start.

  • RAA0013 May 1, 2014

    So he'll be out in time to get on the ballot as a write in. Nice timing.

  • Brent Evans May 1, 2014
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    Crook. Part of the good ol' boys league of Dems that ran NC in the ground for the past 30 years. Another person who you can blame for SC and Virginia being better than we are economically.

  • Itsthelaw May 1, 2014

    "Wright was convicted of mishandling charity contributions.."
    Somehow, I don't think that would get you prison time, unless it was willful. Let's call a Spade a Spade here.

  • Forthe Newssite May 1, 2014
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    As I SAID to the comment by DH1964-"thanks and it seems like yesterday."


  • glarg May 1, 2014

    Ripped of a scholarship charity- nice guy.

    Part of the reason he is getting out is that the obstruction sentence ran concurrently to his other terms.

  • archmaker May 1, 2014

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    1 year? No, its not 2009 anymore.

    If he gets out on May 26th, his time will be 6 years, 1 month, 19 days (which falls between 5.8 years and 7.9 years).

    But who's counting anyway?