Ex-Wife of Former NBA Player Lorenzen Wright Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Facilitating His Murder

Clippers forward Lorenzen Wright scrambles for the ball during a game against the Golden State Warriors in 1999. Wright was a first-round pick for the Clippers in 1996.(John Hayes / Associated Press)

Almost nine years ago, search and rescue dogs found the bullet-riddled remains of former Clippers player Lorenzen Wright in a Memphis field.

The long-running search to solve the killing led to an unscheduled hearing Thursday at the Shelby County Criminal Court in Tennessee, where Wright’s ex-wife pleaded guilty to facilitating his murder.

Sherra Wright, who had been scheduled for trial in September on a first-degree murder charge, received 30 years in state prison as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Accounting for time already served, she will be eligible for parole in about eight years.

When Judge Lee Coffee queried Wright about the deal with prosecutors, she said little beyond noting she was taking medicine for anxiety and depression. She also asked which rights she would lose as a result of the plea and described her legal team as “wonderful.”

“It is the judgment of this court that you are guilty,” Coffee said in a live stream of the hearing.

Wright, wearing an orange jail shirt and dark pants, showed no emotion after the judge’s words.

A task force of federal marshals and Riverside County sheriff’s deputies arrested Wright in December 2017 as she drove her twin sons home from a high school basketball game. Wright, who had moved to Riverside County earlier that year, was extradited to Tennessee and charged with her ex-husband’s murder.

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SOURCE: LA Times, Nathan Fenno