Board member recommends Sherra Wright be denied for parole

Sherra Wright mugshot (Source: Tennessee Department of Correction)
Sherra Wright mugshot (Source: Tennessee Department of Correction)
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 5:48 AM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 11:11 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The ex-wife of former NBA star Lorenzen Wright appeared before a parole board for the first time Wednesday morning to request parole after serving less than four years of a 30-year sentence.

Sherra Wright was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to involvement in Wright’s murder.

Sherra is serving her time in Nashville and where her parole hearing is taking place. Deborah Marion, Wright’s mother, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich and other investigators on the case participated in the hearing at the Parole and Probation Office on Overton Crossing in Raleigh.

During the hearing, Sherra testified she made bad decisions out of fear of what was happening within her and Wright’s relationship.

“I do want to say that I’m sorry for what happened to him. I’m sorry because he’s not here. I’m sorry that my kids don’t have a daddy and his mom doesn’t have a son and they don’t have their uncle, their nephew -- all the people that I considered to be my family. I didn’t want to see anybody hurt the way they’re hurt right now,” said Sherra. " And I didn’t ever, ever want to be without him because he was the love of my life. I just made bad decisions because I was scared.”

In closing comments, parole board member Barrett Rich, who led the hearing, said he recommends the board deny Sherra’s request for parole.

Sherra took a plea deal in 2019 where she pleaded guilty to the facilitation of murder in Wright’s death. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison with eligibility for parole after serving a third of that sentence which is about 9 years. With time served and credit, Sherra is still not close to that mark.

Her credited time includes:

  • Credit for 551 days spent in jail before trial
  • She also received 144 days of credit for her pretrial behavior
  • Wright earned 441 days of sentence reduction credits since her conviction

In total, her credit equates to a little more than three years.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich says her office told the parole board they oppose any parole in this case.

We will update this story with the parole board’s decision on Sherra’s request for parole.

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