Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, admitted on Thursday that she planned the murder of her husband in 2010.
She pleaded guilty to facilitating first-degree murder and facilitation to attempted murder in a Memphis courtroom. Lorenzen Wright, who played in the NBA for 13 years, was killed nine years ago.
Sherra Wright faces 30 years behind bars, but she will be eligible for parole once she serves the first nine years of the sentence. By pleading guilty, the first degree murder charge against her was dismissed.
A conviction on that charge would have meant between 51 to 60 years in prison.
Lorenzen Wright was found shot to death in a wooded area outside of Memphis in 2010. Living in Atlanta at the time, he had come to Memphis on July 18, 2010, to visit the seven children he had with Sherra.
Following a police investigation, it was concluded that he had been killed in the early hours on the following day. His mother reported him missing on July 22 and his body was found six days later.
The investigation stalled until the weapon believed to have been used in the murder was found in a Mississippi lake in November of 2017. Soon after discovering that critical piece of evidence, the police arrested Billy Ray Turner, a convicted felon who has been charged as a co-defendant with Sherra Wright in the case.
On Thursday, Lorenzen Wright’s mother—Deborah Marion—thanked Sherra Wright for giving her grandchildren and asked if she could see them.
“I want to think you for giving me my grandchildren, that’s what I want to thank you for,” Marion said, according to WMC Action News 5. “But I want you to unlock them…so they can see their grandma.”
Lorenzen Wright was a standout at the University of Memphis and was selected as the seventh pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Wright, a 6-foot-11 center, averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during his 778-game NBA career.
He bounced around the league, spending his first three seasons with the Clippers before playing two in Atlanta and the next five in Memphis. Wright finished his career going back to Atlanta and then playing in Sacramento and Cleveland.
His best season came during the 2001-02 campaign, when he averaged 12.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game with the Grizzlies.