Former NBA player Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife pleads guilty in his murder case

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The plea, according the Memphis Commercial Appeal, was agreed to by members of the Wright family.
The plea, according the Memphis Commercial Appeal, was agreed to by members of the Wright family.

Former University of Memphis star and longtime NBA player Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife, Sherra, took some responsibility for Wright's murder in an unscheduled hearing Thursday in Memphis, the Commercial Appeal reported.

Sherra Wright pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in a Memphis courtroom.

The plea, according the Commercial Appeal, citing prosecutor Paul Hagerman, was agreed to by members of the Wright family.

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Once Sherra Wright entered her plea, Judge Lee Coffee told Wright she would have an effective sentence of 30 years at 30 percent release eligibility, the report noted.

If she does serve just 30 percent of the potential sentence, it would be a total of nine years.

Sherra Wright's trial in the case involving the 2010 shooting death of ex-husband was slated to begin Sept. 16.

Wright and co-defendant Billy Ray Turner were charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder of Lorenzen Wright, who played 13 seasons in the NBA after starring collegiately at Memphis.


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