Suspect in Lorenzen Wright death gets 16 years on gun charge

Aug 9, 2019
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee man charged with killing former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on a separate gun charge.

Judge Lee Coffee sentenced Billy Turner during a hearing Thursday (Friday, Manila time) in Memphis.

Turner pleaded guilty in June to possessing a weapon as a convicted felon. Prosecutors say Turner had two guns when he was charged in December 2017 with Wright's killing.

The retired NBA player's body was found riddled with bullet wounds in a swampy field in Memphis in July 2010.

Turner and Wright's ex-wife were charged with first-degree murder. Sherra Wright pleaded guilty to facilitation of murder and was given a 30-year prison sentence last month.

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Turner's trial in the killing is set for Sept. 16. Turner has pleaded not guilty.

Wright played for five teams over 13 seasons in the NBA.

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