Sherra Wright files $12M lawsuit against Shelby County Jail

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sherra Wright has sued the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for $12 million.

Wright is currently serving prison time in connection with the shooting death of her ex-husband, former Memphis Tigers and NBA player Lorenzen Wright.

The lawsuit against Shelby County Sheriff’s Office - Jail East specifically lists two sergeants and two correctional officers.

It was filed in federal court on December 17, 2020.

Between December 2017 and December 2018 she says she was subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment” that deprived her of her rights to privacy, decency, and dignity.

The lawsuit claims Wright “suffered extreme mental anguish and distress.” In the documents, she states, “Currently, I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmares and depression, anxiety, along with resulting physical distress.”

She is suing for $2 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages, for a total of $12 million.


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In July 2019, Sherra Wright pleaded guilty to Facilitation of Murder in the First Degree. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Wright must serve at least 30 percent of the sentence and will get credit for time served.

She could be eligible by late 2026.