- Last Updated on 07:35 AM 07/01/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
A Mary Bethune High School graduate and former Halifax County resident may be on the run again, according to a documentary that aired Saturday night on CBS’s 48 Hours.
The elusive George Wright, now a citizen of Portugal, seems to have disappeared from his home there as U.S. authorities continue to try to bring him back to the states to stand trial on four decade old charges, the hour-long documentary claimed.
Although he was not the triggerman, Wright, now 70, was convicted in the murder of a decorated World War II veteran that occurred in a New Jersey gas station holdup shortly after he graduated from Mary Bethune High School.
While serving time in a New Jersey prison, Wright walked away one night with other prisoners, stealing the warden’s car.
Wright later showed up in Detroit in 1972, according to the 48 Hours report, where dressed as a priest and carrying a gun in a hollowed-out Bible, he helped hijack a commercial airliner to Algiers.
After his getaway, he settled in Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony, married and raised a family.
In 2011 authorities caught up with Wright in Portugal, who by that time had changed his name to Jose Luis Jorge dos Santos, according to the documentary.
However, because he was granted asylum, authorities have been unable to bring the former Halifax County resident back to the states to face justice.
In March 2012, Portugal officially refused to extradite Wright to the United States.
During the 48 Hours documentary Saturday, Wright said his time for punishment is over, adding he had asked forgiveness from God, and he now seeks forgiveness from the family of the murdered New Jersey gas station owner.