MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sherra Wright has been denied parole by the Tennessee Board of Parole.
In 2019, Wright pleaded guilty in the murder of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, her ex-husband.
She was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the facilitation of murder and is serving her time at the Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center in Nashville.
The Board finalized the decision by voting to deny parole based on the seriousness of the offense, the release said.
Wright appeared for an initial parole hearing on May 11.
The Board will perform a review hearing in five years, in May 2027.
See the Board’s full statement below:
Following a May 11, 2022 initial parole hearing, the Board of Parole has now finalized a decision by voting to deny parole for Sherra Wright (#00610305) based on the seriousness of the offense. The Board also set a review hearing in five years (May 2027).
The Board independently reviewed Ms. Wright’s parole case and three concurring votes were needed to reach a final decision.
In March, the other person charged in Lorenzen Wright’s murder, Billy Ray Turner, was found guilty on all charges.
A jury deliberated for about two hours before finding Turner guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy in Wright’s death.
Judge Lee Coffee sentenced Turner to life in prison.
Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich issued a statement following the decision.
“Today’s denial of early parole for Sherra Wright was welcome news to the family and friends of Lorenzen Wright, and to all those who believe that criminal defendants should be held accountable for their crimes. To have released this defendant after she has served less than five years of a 30-year sentence for murder conspiracy would have diminished respect for the law by declaring a policy of tolerance for violent criminal behavior. This case illustrates why I support Truth in Sentencing,” Weirich said.
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