After spending 17 years behind bars after his 2001 conviction for conspiring to murder his then-girlfriend, former Carolina Panthers first-round pick Rae Carruth is scheduled to be released from prison this month. The announcement was made by the Department of Public Safety in North Carolina who revealed that the former Colorado star wide receiver will be sprung from Sampson Correctional Facility on October 22.
For background on Carruth’s gruesome case that stunned the nation back in the day, MSN reports:
Carruth’s arrest on charges stemming from the murder of Cherica Adams back in 1999 made news around the United States. Adams, 24, was shot four times by Van Brett Watkins Sr., an associate of Carruth and local nightclub owner. She was eight months pregnant with Carruth’s child at the time of the shooting. Carruth himself was then convicted on conspiracy to commit murder, among other lesser charges.
The child that Adams was carrying, Chancellor Lee Adams, survived, but he was born suffering from permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy. Adams succumbed to her injuries shortly after the attack and Carruth turned himself in. He was sentenced to 18-to-24 years in prison for the crime.