By Molly Parker
WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — Former Wilmington lawmaker Thomas Wright is expected to only serve his minimum prison sentence because of his participation in work programs, according to the Department of Public Safety.
He has earned all the sentence credits he can earn, and his projected release date is May 26, said N.C. Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree. "He has incurred no infractions since he entered prison in April 2008 and is currently working as a chaplain's clerk. In the past he has worked as a janitor, teacher's assistant and in the kitchen," Acree said.
Wright was found guilty by a jury in April 2008 of fraudulently obtaining a $150,000 bank loan and depositing $7,400 in campaign contributions into his personal account. He was sentenced to six to eight years in prison. In August 2008 Wright was convicted on a felony obstruction of justice charge and sentenced to six to eight months in prison for failing to report $200,000 in contributions between 2000 and 2007.