MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Billy Ray Turner will spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of ever getting out.
Friday, a judge added a pair of 25-year sentences for conspiracy and attempted murder to the life sentence he’d already gotten for the murder of basketball star Lorenzen Wright.
In March, a jury found Turner guilty on all charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and conspiracy in connection with Wright’s death.
He was sentenced to life in prison for Wright’s murder.
He was already serving 16 years for a gun charge.
Lorenzen Wright’s mother, Deborah Marion, told FOX13 she’s glad this is finally coming to a close and justice served.
“I’m so glad he got his time. They can give him some more. I’ll be glad with that too,” Marion said.
Marion took the stand to give an impact statement on how the murder of her son will continue to have a lasting effect on her family.
“Can’t keep dragging your foot. We got to keep it moving. Billy need to. They need to just go head and send him home to his place where he’s going to be forever,” Marion said.
Judge Lee Coffee detailed Turner’s history of 12 felony convictions over 25 years.
Coffee said even with staying out of trouble at times, Turner’s past proves he is a continuous offender.
In court, prosecutor Paul Hagerman described Turner as a hitman recruited by Sherra Wright to kill Lorenzen Wright.
Hagerman said Turner is a dangerous offender who stood over Lorenzen Wright, shooting him nine times with a nine millimeter.
“There was a lot of math in today. He got life plus 41 years. The most amount of time he could’ve ever gotten would be life plus 66 years.”
When it came to considering sentencing Turner for conspiracy, the judge decided he will serve it concurrently with his attempted first-degree murder conviction.
Turner can return to court on August 5 to file for a retrial.
Turner did not speak in court Friday.
FOX13 asked to talk to his attorneys after the hearing, but they declined.
Lorenzen Wright was a beloved Memphian and a Booker T. Washington graduate who played basketball for two years at Memphis State before joining the NBA. He also briefly played for the Memphis Grizzlies.
In 2010, police found his body decomposing in a field in south Memphis.
Turner and Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright, were both arrested for the killing in 2017.
In 2019, Sherra Wright pleaded guilty to the facilitation of murder in the first degree and is currently serving time in prison in Nashville. She was denied parole in May by the Tennessee Board of Parole.
The Board will conduct a review hearing in May 2027.
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