WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- A former Wilmington lawmaker convicted of fraudulently obtaining a loan and obstruction of justice is on his way to serving just the minimum six years in prison for the crimes.
North Carolina prison officials told the StarNews of Wilmington that former Rep. Thomas Wright has participated in work programs and has not had any infractions, meaning he is currently projected to finish his sentence in late May.
Authorities say Wright is working as a chaplain's clerk at the minimum-security New Hanover Correctional Center. He has also been a janitor and a teacher's assistant.
Wright was convicted in 2008, shortly after the Democrat was expelled by his colleagues in the General Assembly, making him the first sitting lawmaker to be kicked out the Legislature in 128 years.