Can you imagine how much higher the crime rate would be if there was no such thing as professional Sports? Everyday I will post an athlete in the NFL who joined the The National Felony League and I think this thread can last for years. How stupid are these athletes who choose to throw everything away when their life is damn near perfect? Todays post is Rae Carruth, he choose to have his girlfriend murdered and put on the referee uniform for life. Money not well spent. Rae Carruth
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Inmate photo of Rae Carruth.
Born January 20, 1974 (age 39)
Conviction(s) Conspiracy to commit 1st degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, using an instrument to destroy an unborn child Penalty 291 months, 25 days (24 years, 3 months, 3 weeks and 4 days) Conviction status In custody Occupation Former professional football player Children Raelondo; Chancellor Lee AdamsRae Lamar Wiggins (born January 20, 1974), known as Rae Carruth, is a former American football wide receiver in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers. In 2001, he was found guilty of conspiring to murder the woman who at the time was carrying his child and is serving a prison sentence with an expected release date of 2018.
No. 83, 84, 86, 89 Wide receiver Personal information Date of birth: January 20, 1974 (age 39) Place of birth: Sacramento, California Career information College: Colorado NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27 Debuted in 1997 Last played in 1999 Career history Career NFL statistics
Carruth attended Valley High School in Sacramento, California, and played four seasons at the University of Colorado. He was named a first-team All-America in 1996. His college quarterbacks were future NFL quarterbacks Koy Detmer andKordell Stewart. He was a first-round draft pick, selected with the 27th pick in the 1997 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He signed a four year, $3.7 million deal. His sophomore year at CU his Sacramento girlfriend, Michelle Wright, gave birth to their son Raelondo.
He had a respectable rookie season, starting 14 games. Wearing uniform number 89, he caught 44 passes for 545 yards and four touchdown passes, tied for first among rookie receivers. He was named to the all-rookie team at wide receiver.
He broke his right foot in the opening game of 1998, and did not catch another pass that season due to the injury. He ended the year with four catches for 59 yards (all on opening day). He played in the first six games of the 1999 season, making 14 catches for 200 yards.
On Nov. 16, 1999, near Carruth's home in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cherica Adams, a real estate agent he had been casually dating, was shot five times by Van Brett Watkins, a night club manager and friend of Carruth. Surviving the shooting for a while, Adams called 911 and described how Rae Carruth behaved: he had stopped his vehicle in front of hers as another vehicle drove alongside Adams and its passenger shot her, and Carruth then drove from the scene.
Adams was eight months pregnant with Carruth's child at the time. Soon after her admission to the hospital, she fell into a coma. Doctors saved the child, Chancellor Lee Adams, via an emergency Caesarean section, but the mother died a month later (on Dec. 14). Chancellor suffers from cerebral palsy, but is otherwise healthy. Like his father, he's very athletic and even plays football in his motorized wheelchair. He won a gold medal in a 30 meter dash with his wheelchair in the Special Olympics. He's being raised by his maternal grandmother, Saundra Adams, in Charlotte.
Carruth went to the police and posted a $3 million bail, on condition that if either Cherica or Chancellor died, he would turn himself in. After Cherica died, he fled and became a fugitive. The Panthers released him a few days later, citing amorals clause in his contract. He was captured after being found hiding in the trunk of a car outside a motel in Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee. Also in the trunk was $3,900 cash, bottles of his urine, extra clothes, candy bars and a cell phone. Prosecutors in the case believed Carruth hired Watkins and others to murder Adams because of her adamant refusal to abort their unborn child. In the defense theory, Rae Carruth had been caught up in a drug deal gone bad. Although, he hadn't done any drugs nor did he drink, he was swept into the drug deal. He later refused to fund the deal. According to his defense, on the night of the shooting, after refusing to fund the drug deal, Watkins (the confessed shooter) shot Cherica Adams after an attempt to ask her about Carruth's whereabouts once he had driven off. She reportedly flipped Watkins the bird and that's when he opened fire into her black BMW. Carruth was found guilty ofconspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child. He was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. He was found not guilty of first-degree murder, and so was spared thedeath penalty. He is serving a sentence of at least 18 years and 11 months at Nash Correctional Institution near Rocky Mount, North Carolina, with a projected release date of Oct. 22, 2018.
The driver of the vehicle used in the murder, Michael Kennedy, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 11 years and eight months. Kennedy was released in 2011. Van Brett Watkins pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the shooting, and was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years and three mont