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Former Rep. Wright guilty, sentenced to up to 8 years in prison

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Former Rep. Thomas Wright has been sentenced between roughly six and eight years in prison after a jury found him guilty of fraud. The crimes are nearly identical to those that led his colleagues in the House to kick him out of office. A Wake County jury ruled Monday that Wright mishandled thousands of dollars in charitable contributions and fraudulently obtained a $150,000 loan. He was acquitted of mishandle a $1,500 donation from AT&T Corp. Defense attorney Douglas Harris promised an appeal and again blamed Wright's political enemies for instigating the investigation. Wright declined to comment. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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