Former Carolina Panther star Rae Carruth, who was convicted for the 1999 drive-by shooting of his ex-girlfriend, is scheduled to be released on October 22. He has spent the past 17 years in Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina.
Carruth was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in 2001 after being found guilty of hiring Van Brett Watkins and Michael Kennedy to murder Cherica Adams.
Adams was pregnant at the time she was murdered, though her son survived.
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#RaeCarruth #RaeLamarWiggins (born #January20, 1974), known as Rae Carruth, is a former professional American #footballplayer, a #widereceiver for the #CarolinaPanthers of the #NFL and #convictedmurderer. In 2001, he was found guilty of #conspiringtomurder #ChericaAdams, who was #pregnantwithhischild and is serving a prison sentence with an #expectedreleasedateofOctober222018. Rae Carruth Born; Rae Lamar Wiggins January 20, 1974 (age 43) Sacramento, California, U.S. Nationality: American Other names #RaeTheotisCarruth Occupation Former professional football player (1997-99) Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight 194 lb (88 kg) Criminal charge: Conspiracy to commit first degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, using an instrument to destroy an unborn child Criminal penalty: 18 years, 11 months Criminal status: In custody at Tyrrell Prison Work Farm, Columbia, North Carolina; projected release date October 22, 2018. Children# Raelondo Wright, #ChancellorLeeAdams Parent(s) Theodry Carruth (mother) Samuel Carruth (stepfather) Conviction(s: January 22, 2001 Rae Carruth No. 84, 89 Position: Wide receiver Personal information Born: January 20, 1974 (age 43) Sacramento, California Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 194 lb (88 kg) Career information High school: Sacramento (CA) Valley College: Colorado NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27 Career history Carolina Panthers (1997–1999) Career NFL statistics Receptions: 62 Receiving yards: 804 Touchdowns: 4 Player stats at NFL.com Biography Born and raised in #Sacramento,California, Carruth attended #ValleyHighSchool and accepted an #athleticscholarship to the #UniversityofColorado5inBoulder. He played four seasons for the Buffaloes and was named a first-team All-America in 1996. His quarterbacks at CU were future pros Koy Detmer and Kordell Stewart. Carruth was a first-round draft pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, taken by the Carolina Panthers with the 27th overall selection. He signed a four-year, $3.7 million deal that included a $1.3 million signing bonus. During Carruth's sophomore year at CU, his Sacramento girlfriend, Michelle Wright, gave birth to their son Raelondo.
On November 16, 1999, Rae Carruth plotted a drive-by shooting of his ex-girlfriend after Cherica Adams, 24, refused to get an abortion. With the help of Van Brett Watkins Sr., a nightclub manager, and Michael Kennedy. Adams was shot four times by Watkins after Kennedy pulled the car up beside her on Rea Road. Carruth was then arrested in November 1999 with charges of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and other charges.
When Adams died a month after the shooting, Carruth fled and was finally arrested when FBI agents found him hiding in the trunk of a car in the parking lot of a Best Western hotel. The trunk contained $3,900 in cash and two bottles full of Carruth’s urine. He and his accomplices were then charged with murder.
Kennedy testified against Carruth, saying that Carruth is the mastermind behind the attack and that he had given him $100 to buy a gun just hours prior to the shooting.
According to WBTV, Carruth wrote a 15-page letter to Saundra Adams, the mother of Cherica Adams, accepting responsibility for the 1999 conspiracy to murder Cherica Adams and voicing his goal in gaining custody of his son.
“I’m apologizing for the loss of her daughter. I’m apologizing for the impairment of my son,” Carruth told WBTV. “I feel responsible for everything that happened. And I just want her to know that truly I am sorry for everything.”
However, Saundra Adams refused to relinquish custody to Carruth, saying that “Chancellor will be raised either by me or, after I’m gone, by someone else who loves him and who knows him. He will never be raised by a stranger — someone he doesn’t know and who tried to kill him.”
In response to this, Carruth feels that he owes Chancellor and that he let him down as he came into this world. Carruth feels that the only way that he can make it right is to work out the relationship with his son, being there for him.
Chancellor Carruth has cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage due to the loss of blood and oxygen the night of his birth.
Rae Carruth is now 44 years old.