Former Carolina Panthers Player Rae Carruth Released from Prison

Former Carolina Panthers Receiver Rae Carruth Will Be Released From Prison After 18 Years For The Shooting Death Of His Pregnant Girlfriend, Cherica Adams

Ex-NFL player Rae Carruth getting released after nearly 20 years in prison over girlfriend's murder

Carruth was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison after he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle that would kill his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams.

ESPN reports that Carruth will be on a nine-month post-release program, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins.

Prosecutors said Carruth hired Van Brett Watkins and Michael Kennedy to kill Adams in November 1999, when she was eight months pregnant.

She was driving her vehicle in Charlotte after coming from a movie date with Carruth, when another vehicle pulled up beside her and she shot her four times. He will turn 19 next month and has been raised by Cherica Adams' mother, Saundra.

Adams gave birth to Chancellor Lee Adams, who was born with cerebral palsy as a result.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth (83) catches a punt during an NFL football game in 1998. In the call, Adams told police that Carruth had been driving in front of her and had slowed down before the shooting. "I still have to work, I have to live, I have to exist out there and it just seems like there's so much hate and negativity towards me". Along with being caught, accomplices who aided Carruth were caught and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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"He's matured. He's a lot more introspective than he used to be, and I think he wants to get out of North Carolina", he said. He said players were stunned when they heard the news of Carruth's possible involvement in the murder, about 20 miles from the team's downtown stadium in the affluent section of South Charlotte.

"If I could change anything, I'd change the whole situation", Carruth wrote in the letter, obtained by WBTV. In it, he apologizes for the death of Cherica Adams and Chancellor Adams' impairment.

Adams, 24, was following Carruth in a separate vehicle after a movie when Watkins and Kennedy pulled up beside her. Prosecutors said Carruth used his vehicle to block Adams' auto while Watkins opened fire on her. "His mother would still be here and I wouldn't be where I'm at".

Although Carruth wrote of wanting to raise his son, he soon changed his tune in according to the Charlotte Observer. But I do want him to...see and feel the effects of what he did. "And I want still for him to meet his son".

"For all involved or invested in this ordeal, please calm down", Carruth wrote to the newspaper. "I am still feeling forgiving", Saundra said. "I hope he can have a real relationship with Chancellor going forward". "I promise to leave them be, which I now see is in everyone's best interest".

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