Former Carolina Panther WR Rae Carruth Released From Prison

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Rae Carruth, right, walks to his court appearance in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 10, 2005. Carruth returned to court Thursday in his latest attempt to overturn a 2001 conviction and sentence in the 1999 slaying of his pregnant girlfriend. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth, who in 2001 was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend, was released just Monday morning just after 8 a.m. from the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina.

Carruth arranged a plot to kill Cherica Adams during a 1999 shooting. Adams died from her injuries about a month later.

Carruth will be a on a nine-month post-release program and would need permission from a case officer to leave the state or the country during that span, but is free to go wherever he pleases after nine months. Carruth, Carolina’s first pick of the 1997 draft, was sentenced to 18 to 24 years.

Chancellor Lee Adams, Carruth’s son, is now 18 years old. Chancellor Lee, who has cerebral palsy, survived the shooting while in his mother’s womb, but a loss of blood and oxygen the night of his birth caused permanent brain damage. Saundra Adams, Cherica’s mother, has raised her grandson since his birth.

Last week, Carruth told WSOC-TV in Charlotte in a telephone interview, “I just truly want to be forgiven.”

He went on to say he was “somewhat frightened” about his release, adding that “I’m nervous just about how I’ll be received by the public. I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me.”

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