Notorious criminal pleads to charges in Columbus County - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Notorious criminal pleads to charges in Columbus County

BJ Wright in court in August 2012. BJ Wright in court in August 2012.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A man from Columbus County will spend at least 12 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to several criminal charges in court Thursday morning.

BJ Wright, who has made headlines for run-ins with former State Senator RC Soles in recent years, entered a plea to charges include felony fleeing to elude arrest and being an habitual felon. His sentence was set for between 150 to 209 months.

He also pleaded guilty to the following:

  • felony possession of cocaine
  • driving with a revoked license
  • harassment of a juror
  • obstruction of justice
  • felony conspiracy

In August, Wright jumped out of a second story courthouse window during a meeting with his attorney. 

On Tuesday, a judge gave him a bond of $3.5 million after he was held for months on no bond. Wright's last trial in September was continued after Wright and his wife were charged with jury tampering.

"We feel that justice was served today," stated Assistant District Attorney Heath Nance. "The law enforcement community invested a considerable amount of time and effort to prepare this case and bring Mr. Wright to justice. They provided our office the tools that we needed to be effective in the courtroom. The result of their work was a long prison sentence that will greatly benefit the citizens of Columbus County."

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