Lorenzen Wright‘s family finally got some justice on Monday … 51-year-old Billy Ray Turner was convicted of murdering the former NBA player, and was sentenced to life in prison.
Wright, the 7th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, was killed in July 2010 in his hometown of Memphis. Lorenzen had gone missing days earlier … before his decomposing body was discovered in a marshy field.
Prosecutors alleged Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright, hired two other people, including Turner, to commit the murder by luring Wright to the field under the guise they were there to meet someone who owed his ex money.
Turner, who pled not guilty to first-degree murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy, was found guilty by a jury after only 2 hours of deliberation.
The judge sentenced BRT to life in prison for the murder charge. He will again go before a judge sometime in the future where he’ll be sentenced for the other two charges.
As for Sherra, she previously plead guilty to facilitation of murder and facilitation to commit first-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison in July 2019. She will be eligible for parole after only 9 years.
Lorenzen Wright was McDonald’s All-American in high school, an All-American at the University of Memphis, and played 13 seasons in the NBA for the Clippers, Hawks, Grizzlies, Kings and Cavaliers.