Back in 1999, former Carolina Panther wide receiver, Rae Carruth made headlines when he was sent to prison for orchestrating the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. Carruth (real name, Rae Wiggins), was sentenced to 24 years on first-degree murder charges after the fatal shooting. The baby that Adams was carrying, a boy named Chancellor, was successfully delivered by C-section and is being raised by his grandparents. He had cerebral palsy. His mother died a month later. Regardless, the Carruth saga stands as one of the most shocking and tragic in the history of the NFL.
Rae Carruth, 41, is set to be released in 2018. As he gets closer to his day of freedom, reports out of North Carolina indicate that the former footballer is being transferred from the medium security Harnett Correctional Institution facility in Lillington, NC, where he’s been incarcerated. Carruth will now call the Tyrell Prison Work Farm, a minimum security facility in Columbia, NC, home.
WSOCTV describes the three levels of custody at the minimum security prison as follows:
- Minimum Custody Level 1 – Inmates may work on the grounds or away from the prison facility as long as a correctional officer or agent is with them.
- Minimum Custody Level 2 – Inmates may work on the grounds or away from the prison facility with an assigned supervisor from another government agency. They may be eligible for short-term community passes with a trained volunteer who is certified to work with inmates.
- Minimum Custody Level 3 – Inmates may be away from the prison facility for specific programs such as work release, home leave, jobs, school or other kinds of training. Inmates are not supervised by correctional staff during these activities.
The Tyrell Prison Work Farm is a Level 1 facility, which offers “dormitory-style housing and additional privileges and freedoms.” Carruth currently works as a prison barber making $1 per day, bu in this facility, he could choose to work on a road crew. With good behavior, he could work his way up to Level 3 custody, where he could work outside of the prison with no supervision.