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Formerly Carolina Panthers WR Rae Carruth was released from prison

Last Carolina Panther's broad recipient Rae Carruth, who in 2001 was sentenced for conspiracy to commit murder on his pregnant…

Last Carolina Panther’s broad recipient Rae Carruth, who in 2001 was sentenced for conspiracy to commit murder on his pregnant girlfriend, was released shortly after 8:00 AM on Monday from the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina.

Carruth, 44, masterminded a plot to kill Cherica Adams during a November 1999 shooting. Adams died about a month later.

Carruth did not speak to reporters when he left the prison with a knitted cap and an unzipped jacket on a cold morning with temperatures in the high 30’s. There was a applause that Carruth came into a white SUV and became whipped from prison.

He will be one on a nine month post-release program, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins. Carruth would need a special permit from a prosecutor to leave the state or the country during that period, but he is free to go wherever he thrives after nine months.

Carruth, Carolina’s first choice of 1

997 draft (27 in total) was the first active NFL player at the time to be charged and convicted of such a crime.

Adams was run four times by Van Brett Watkins, employed by Carruth. Watkins was sentenced to at least 40 years.

Carruth was sentenced to 18-24 years. He stopped his vehicle in front of Adams, as the two returned from a movie, so Watkins could pull together in another vehicle to kill Adams.

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

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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