Sherra Wright denied parole in Lorenzen Wright’s murder

Deborah Marion, the mother of Lorenzen Wright, sits behind Sherra Wright in court July 25, 2019...
Deborah Marion, the mother of Lorenzen Wright, sits behind Sherra Wright in court July 25, 2019 as Sherra pleads guilty to facilitation of Lorenzen's murder. (Source: WMC)
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 9:27 AM CDT|Updated: May. 23, 2022 at 9:32 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The woman sentenced for her involvement in the murder of NBA star Lorenzen Wright will remain in jail after a parole board denied her request.

After serving less than five years of her 30-year sentence Lorenzen’s ex-wife Sherra Wright made a bid for her freedom on May 11 to a parole board.

Due to the seriousness of the crime, the board of parole independently reviewed Wright’s case and unanimously voted against her request for parole.

She pled guilty to the facilitation of murder in 2019.

The board recommends that Wright maintains good behavior, while in prison, to improve her chances of parole.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich issued the following statement on the decision:

“Today’s denial of early parole for Sherra Wright was welcome news to the family and friends of Lorenzen Wright, and to all those who believe that criminal defendants should be held accountable for their crimes. To have released this defendant after she has served less than five years of a 30-year sentence for murder conspiracy would have diminished respect for the law by declaring a policy of tolerance for violent criminal behavior. This case illustrates why I support Truth in Sentencing.”

We reached out to the family of Lorenzen Wright who shared they are “very happy” with the parole board’s decision.

The board set a review hearing in five years -- May 2027.

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