The ex-wife of NBA player Lorenzen Wright has pled guilty to plotting his 2010 murder, CNN reports. The guilty plea came as a surprise to some as Sherra Wright had previously entered a not guilty plea to the charges. However, in an interesting turn of events, Wright — who was not due back in court until September — made an unscheduled appearance this week where she changed her plea.
According to TMZ, the 48-year-old was previously facing a sentence of life in prison but was able to cut a deal with prosecutors for a 30-year sentence in exchange for her guilty plea. She will be eligible for parole after nine years.
The slain professional basketball star was gunned down on July 19, 2010. Sadly, he attempted to call 911 for help before the attack. Gunshots could be heard in his 911 call. His body was discovered nearly 10 days later in a wooded area of southeast Memphis.
The first-round NBA draft pick’s murder remained a mystery for seven years. Then, in a shocking turn of events, Sherra and a member of her church, Billy Ray Turner, were arrested and charged for playing roles in his death. The arrest occurred two years after Wright published a novel in which the protagonist and antagonist’s relationship appears to mimic the one she shared with Lorenzen.
Wright’s attorney claims that she plotted the murder because the former Los Angeles Clippers player had been abusive to her; however, Lorenzen’s family maintains that she had him killed in hopes of cashing in on his $1 million life insurance policy.
“We have been working towards this for about a month or so,” Wright’s attorney Juni Ganguli said of the deal. “Since we suspected Billy Ray Turner was going to testify against her, our defense was going to be that Sherra recruited Billy to kill Lorenzen because he had beaten Sherra for years.”
Turner maintains his plea of innocence to the charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He is currently awaiting trial. The deceased athlete was only 34 years old at the time of his death.