Ex-Panthers WR Carruth released from prison

After nearly two decades in prison former Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth walked out to a waiting car that took him away

After nearly two decades in prison former Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth walked out to a waiting car that took him away

Rae was a talented football player - the Carolina Panthers took him in the 1st round of the 1997 NFL Draft and made the NFL All-Rookie Team after a pretty solid rookie season.

Rae Carruth (shown during a 2005 court appearance) will leave prison Monday. In 2001, Carruth was found guilty of conspiring to murder Cherica Adams, who was pregnant with his son, Chancellor, who has thrived despite the horrific crime that befell his mother.

Prosecutors said Carruth hired Van Brett Watkins and Michael Kennedy to kill Adams in November 1999, when she was eight months pregnant. The 18-year-old suffers from permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy due to being deprived of oxygen in the minutes after Adams' shooting.

Carruth apologized for his role in the murder and has said that he wants a relationship with his son.

Carruth still claims he wasn't intending to have Adams killed, but has acknowledged a responsibility for what happened to his former girlfriend. Rae was officially released from prison on Oct 22, after serving a 18-year sentence for his crime.

"I'm excited about being out of here, but I'm nervous just about how I'll be received by the public", he said. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me. "And I want still for him to meet his son". "He's a lot more introspective than he used to be, and I think he wants to get out of North Carolina".

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In recent interviews, Carruth has been attempting to make amends and says he wants to build a connection with Chancellor.

"I've forgiven Rae already, but to have any type of relationship with him, there does have to be some repentance", Adams said in February. I really do. We can talk about how this has affected my life and my family and what it's been like to go through the 19 years.

Carruth walked out the front gates at the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina, shortly after 8 a.m. and got into a white SUV that was waiting for him.

"Chancellor will be raised either by me or, after I'm gone, by someone else who loves him and who knows him", Adams continued.

Watkins, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, will not be eligible for release until 2046.

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