Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of NBA star Lorenzen Wright, appeared in Shelby County Criminal Court in Tennessee and pleaded guilty to planning his 2010 murder as part of a plea agreement.
In exchange for pleading guilty to facilitation to commit murder and facilitation to commit attempted first-degree murder, Sherra was sentenced to 38 years prison.
But, there’s a catch – Sherra Wright will only have to serve 30 percent of her sentence before she’s eligible for parole.
Basically, she could be back on the streets in 9 years. If she had gone to trial and was convicted, she could have been sentenced to 100 years in prison.
Via WREG Memphis:
Defense attorneys explained that Sherra Wright’s plea admitted her guilt in planning the murder, but not the murder itself. They also alleged domestic abuse had occurred.
Her former husband, who had played basketball for several NBA teams including the Memphis Grizzlies, as well as the University of Memphis, was last seen alive on July 18, 2010, when he left Sherra Wright’s Collierville home. Early the following morning, Germantown Police received a 911 call from his cell phone, but the call was interrupted by gunfire.
Wright’s body was discovered in a field on July 28, 2010. He had been shot multiple times. He was 34.
Watch the hearing in its entirety below.
The accused gunman, Billy Ray Turner, goes on trial on September 16. It’s unclear if Sherra will testify against her partner-in-crime.