Ex-Wife Pleads Guilty in Murder of Former NBA Player Lorenzen Wright
The ex-wife of the late former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded guilty on Thursday on counts of facilitation of first-degree murder.
Wright, who played 13 seasons in the NBA was shot and killed nine years ago, a year following the conclusion of his playing career.
Sherra, Wright’s ex-wife, also pleaded guilty to facilitation of a criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. She will be eligible for parole once 30% of her sentence is up, which would be approximately after nine years.
Wright’ family agreed to the plea deal per prosecutor Paul Hagerman.
“This is obviously a violent offence, an offence that has torn apart a family, an offence that’s been highlighted throughout Memphis and the media and everything else,” Hagerman said following the hearing.
Sherra and co-defendant Billy Turner were charged back in December of 2017 for the Murder of Lorenzen. Turner and Sherra both attended the same church and conspired to have two men kill Lorenzen in Atlanta. The initial attempt failed, but the second attempt in Memphis did not.
According to the defence attorney, Sherra plotted to have Lorenzen killed due to consistent physical abuse that took place in their marriage.
“The beatings were consistent, and it led to her face being disfigured,” the defense said. “She feared that Mr. Wright would never leave her alone, and she recruited Billy Turner to kill Mr. Wright.”
After nine tumultuous years, closure has been brought to the Lorenzen Wright case.