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Thursday, 08 August 2019 14:40

Lorenzen Wright Defendant Sentenced on Gun Case; Murder Trial Pending

Aug. 8, 2019 – A codefendant in the murder case involving former Memphis basketball player Lorenzen Wright was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison for a separate case of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Billy Ray Turner, 48, who pled guilty to the charge in June, was sentenced by Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee. Turner was sentenced as a Range II offender, meaning he must serve at least 35 percent of the sentence before being considered for parole.
According to an indictment, on Dec. 5, 2017, defendant Billy Ray Turner was in possession of a shotgun, a prohibited weapon since he has a 1992 felony conviction of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
A second weapons charge remains pending and a third has been dismissed.
Turner faces a first-degree murder trial on Sept. 16.
His codefendant, the victim’s ex-wife Sherra Wright, pled guilty last month to facilitation to commit first-degree murder and facilitation to commit attempted first-degree murder. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Both cases are being handled by Chief Prosecutor Paul Hagerman and Asst. Dist. Atty. Austin Scofield of the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit which incorporates and expands the work of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhood/Gundone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit.