Parole board member recommends denying parole for Sherra Wright

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sherra Wright’s first parole meeting was held in Nashville on Wednesday.

During the hearing, parole board member Rich Barnett recommended Sherra not be granted parole. Other parole board members will have to confirm that decision.

Lorenzo Searcy, Lorenzen’s great-uncle, said he was happy when he heard that development.

“It was an evil act,” he said. “How could you kill your husband over greed, and that’s what it was all about. She got a million dollars and in less than a year it was all gone.”

The recommendation to deny parole is not final; it still has to be approved by a majority of the seven-member board.

That could happen anytime between today and later this week.

Sherra won’t be eligible for parole again until May 2027.

Lorenzen Wright’s mom, Deborah Marion, said she’s glad Sherra Wright is in jail and believes she should have received a longer sentence.

“I think she should stay there,” Marion said. “I think she should’ve gotten 51 years. She should’ve gotten life. She took a life. The only people I feel sorry for are those kids.”

Marion went on to say it was tough listening to her grandchildren push for Sherra Wright’s parole.

In 2019, Sherra took a deal and pleaded guilty to her involvement in Wright’s murder.

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.

According to her plea deal, she has to serve 30 percent of her sentence or nine years.

Wright had 551 days of pretrial jail credit and 144 days of pretrial behavior credit. While serving, she has earned 441 days of sentence reduction credits, the Tennessee Department of Correction said.

The Department of Corrections said Wright is having a parole hearing based on her safety valve date. The safety valve is the earliest possible release date for some inmates if there is an executive order regarding prison overcrowding.

If granted, Wright will be paroled after serving only 15 percent of her sentence, or less than five years.

LORENZEN WRIGHT MURDER: Billy Ray Turner found guilty on all charges

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 for the murder conviction.

Victim 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.

Wright was last seen on July 18, 2010. A Germantown dispatcher answered a 911 call from the basketball star’s cell phone the next day. The dispatcher heard 11 gunshots ring out.

Nine days later, Memphis police found Wright’s decomposing body in a field in southeast Memphis.

Sherra Wright and Billy Ray Turner were arrested and charged with Wright’s murder in 2017.

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