MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Billy Turner, charged with the murder of Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright in 2010, was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday in a separate case.
In June, 48-year-old Turner agreed to a plea deal connected to two convicted felon in possession of a weapon charges. The plea deal for Turner stems from a search warrant and two guns found at Turner’s home following his December 2017 arrest for Lorenzen Wright’s murder.
Investigators said during the search of Turner’s home in late 2017, they found two guns: a shotgun and a pistol. Turner’s attorney said in the plea deal, he pleaded guilty to possession of that shotgun, and the state dismissed the charge linked to the pistol, which belonged to his fiancée.
Federal law prohibits a convicted felon from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
During the plea hearing, Turner’s attorney said while he accepts responsibility for having the shotgun, his client maintains his innocence in Lorenzen Wright’s murder.
Lorenzen Wright was murdered in 2010, and his ex-wife Sherra Wright and Turner were charged with the crime in 2017. Last month, Sherra Wright pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit first-degree murder in Wright’s death, which carries a 30-year sentence. Sherra Wright’s guilty plea came almost nine years to the day after Wright’s body was found on July 28th, 2010.
Sherra Wright also pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit attempted first-degree murder, with an 8-year sentence. The sentences run concurrently. Sherra Wright would be eligible for parole after 30% of the sentence is served, after 9 years. She will get credit for time served (nearly two years).
Prosecutors say Billy Turner also still faces charges in Lorenzen Wright’s death and that trial remains set for September.