MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – She denied it for almost a decade, but Thursday, Sherra Wright revealed she knew all about the murder of her husband, Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright.
Thursday morning in court in a shocking plea deal, Sherra Wright pleaded guilty to two charges, avoiding a potential first-degree murder conviction. Wright will be eligible for parole in less than ten years.
Both Wright’s attorneys and prosecutors said they’re satisfied with the guilty plea, which comes with a 30-year sentence.
It’s a significant chapter; almost nine years to the day after the discovery of Lorenzen Wright’s body in southeast Memphis.
“Today brings a lot of needed closure, or at least the start of it,” Paul Hagerman with the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said.
In the deal, the 48-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts: facilitation of first-degree murder and facilitation of attempted first-degree murder.
“Today, she accepted responsibility,” Hagerman said.
The guilty plea prevents Wright from a potential first-degree murder conviction of her ex-husband in the trial, which was scheduled for September.
“If there’s a possibility that she can get out of jail in her 50s, then I think we have to seize that possibility,” Sherra Wright’s attorney Juni Ganguli said.
In court, Lorenzen’s mother looked directly at Sherra Wright and got the final word. After Sherra Wright agreed to the deal, Deborah Marion, spoke directly to her former daughter-in-law.
“Sherra, I want to thank you for giving me grandchildren, that’s what I want to thank you for, but I want you to unlock them so I can visit them,” Marion said.
With the credit of 19 months already served and good behavior in prison, Sherra Wright could now be eligible for parole in a little more than seven years.
“Now we have a release eligibility date that’s set in stone,” Ganguli said.
The Tennessee Department of Corrections will decide which prison Sherra Wright will serve her sentence. She is now a convicted felon and will never again be allowed to own a gun or be allowed to vote.
Prosecutors refused to say if Sherra Wright will testify against her co-defendant Billy Turner. They’re still preparing for his trial in September.
In the meantime, Turner was supposed to be sentenced in an unrelated gun charge case Friday. We’re told that now won’t happen until next month.