For the past two decades, as the Carolina Panthers have risen to the top to the bottom and back to the top of professional football, their first-round pick from the NFL Draft has labored away in prison further east of Charlotte. Once a promising young wide receiver for the Panthers, Carruth will forever be known as a cold, hard criminal - One that was capable of having his pregnant girlfriend killed. On Monday, Carruth reaches the end of his prison sentence, as he will be released after 18 years and 11 months in prison for his role in the murder of Cherica Adams, who had become pregnant with his child. Adams' murder, Carruth's subsequent arrest, and high-stakes trial was the darkest chapter in a trying period for the Panthers - The luster of the Panthers as a new NFL franchise had worn off following their magical season, and by the end of the millennium, they had to deal with not only Carruth's circumstances, but the release of quarterback Kerry Collins due to his struggles with alcoholism and a head coaching change. They would not truly escape the specter of these incidents until after the season, when the Panthers crash-landed at and became the worst team in the National Football League.
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The former NFL wide receiver was released from prison Monday after serving more than 18 years for conspiring to murder the mother of his unborn child. The Carolina Panthers' first-round draft pick was released from Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina, after completing his sentence of 18 to 24 years. Carruth did not speak to reporters as he left the prison wearing a knit cap and an unzipped jacket on a chilly morning with temperatures in the high 30s.
After leading the Big 12 Conference in touchdown catches and receiving yards in , he was drafted by the Panthers in the first round of the NFL draft. But his professional career wasn't nearly as stellar. Chancellor Adams at age sixteen.