Mother of Former NBA Star Lorenzen Wright Says ‘Thank You, Jesus’ After His Murderer is Sentenced to Life in Prison

Billy Ray Turner, the man who was found guilty of killing Memphis Grizzlies star Lorenzen Wright in March, was given life plus 41 years, a 92 year sentence.

Even after the sentencing, the case has not yet been officially closed.

“Today was the day to find out exactly how many years all of this stuff amounted to,” said Shelby County Asst. DA Paul Hagerman.

That total sentence amounted to life plus 41 for Turner, coming from Shelby County Criminal Judge Lee Coffee: life for first-degree murder, two concurrent 25-year-sentences for conspiracy and attempted first-degree murder, and 16 years for felony in possession of a firearm.

The current life sentence in Tennessee is 51 years, with no possibility for parole in Turner’s case.

“These are incredibly violent crimes,” Hagerman said. “The family goes through hell to get these verdicts. We go through a fight in court to get these verdicts. 51 years seems about right for life and it’s worked well with us at least for the last 20 years.”

Friday’s sentencing was a huge weight lifted off the shoulders of Wright’s family.

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SOURCE: Action News 5, Parker King

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