After starring on the University of Colorado football team, Rae Carruth was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 1997 NFL draft. He was a household name by the time he was in high school, and he was the top-rated wide receiver in his class. But his life took a turn when Cherica Adams was killed at a Best Western in November 1999, and the former NFL star was arrested.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder, shooting into an inhabited building, and attempted murder of an unborn child in the case and was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. He served nearly 19 years in prison before his release in October 2018. Upon his release, he moved to Pennsylvania with a friend and is reported to be working from home. He also reportedly hopes to reconnect with his son, Chancellor. He gave Chancellor’s mother Saundra a sizable sum of money in 2019 and wants to fix their relationship.
Despite his heinous crimes, he has shown no signs of remorse and is reluctant to discuss the incident. His only public statement came in a 3,000-word letter to his murdered girlfriend’s mother, which he sent to WBTV and was published publicly. He never admitted to killing Adams but stated that he felt responsible for her death and the damage he had done to his reputation. He vowed to rekindle his relationship with Chancellor and make her proud of him.