51-year-old Billy Ray Turner has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of former NBA star Lorenzen Wright. TMZ Sports says that Lorenzen was murdered 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.
Here is a brief achievement of the late Lorenzen Wright.
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.
Billy Ray was a pastor believe it or not when he came up with this plan with Sherra to murder Wright for the insurance money.
Billy and Sherra blew the million dollars she received in less than two years. That money was supposed to be Wright’s kids who now have to fend for themselves because Wright is dead and their mother isn’t getting out of jail for at least 30 years.
Tragic all the way around. So, please pray for those kids because they are going to need it as they get older.
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