On January 22, 2001, former NFL star Rae Carruth was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child.

Carruth hired a hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend who was pregnant with his child at the time.

As Independent Journal Review reported in the past, Carruth’s ex-girlfriend, Cherica Adams, refused to get the abortion he had asked for.

The diabolical plan took place on November 16, 1999, when Carruth had asked Adams— who he hadn’t seen in months — to see a movie with him.

She was eight-months pregnant when she was shot dead by the hitman he hired. Adams, who was 24 years old at the time, didn’t survive, but their son did.

Because of how quickly Adams was losing blood after being shot four times, their son was born with many health complications, including cerebral palsy and brain damage.

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The now 18-year-old boy, who was named Chancellor, is being cared for by his grandmother, Saundra.

Saundra has since forgiven Carruth for taking her daughter’s life and hopes that Chancellor and his father can have a relationship once he is released from jail.

That day is today, October 22.

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Saundra told the Charlotte Observer that she would “leave the door open” so that she and her grandson can have a relationship with Carruth:

“I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make contact with Rae, maybe by next year, so it won’t be a total surprise to him. I’m not trying to just corner him. I want him to know that we want to be there.

I would like Chancellor and I to be there so he could officially meet his son. Even if it’s for a few minutes – just have an embrace with his son. Maybe I can just talk to him and tell him some important things about what his son is doing, and where he is in life.”

She continued to say that she would also be okay with Carruth never wanting to meet his son after being released from jail:

“If he does that, you know, I think he’s going to be the one that’s losing. He will lose out on the opportunity to know a really great young man. And to see how hard Chancellor has worked and the determination that he has, I would just hope he wouldn’t reject himself. Because to me, to reject Chancellor is to reject himself. If he does that, that’s on him.”

However, as ESPN reports, it seems as though Carruth wants nothing more than to have a relationship with Chancellor.

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The 44-year-old father is reportedly seeking custody of the 18-year-old, according to a 15-page letter written to Saundra:

I’m apologizing for the loss of her daughter. I’m apologizing for the impairment of my son. I feel responsible for everything that happened. And I just want her to know that truly I am sorry for everything.

He continued:

I should be raising my son. His mother should be raising her son. Ms. Adams should not be doing this and I want that responsibility back.

I feel like he might not ever have his mother in his life but he could still have me and I could still make a difference and I don’t think that’s anyone’s responsibility when I’m still here.

Saundra responded to the letter telling the Observer that while the door is still open for Carruth to have a relationship with his son, he will never have custody of the boy.

She said:

“I’ve forgiven Rae already, but to have any type of relationship with him, there does have to be some repentance. And I think this opens the door. But I can say definitively he’s not ever going to have custody of Chancellor.

Chancellor will be raised either by me or, after I’m gone, by someone else who loves him and who knows him. He will never be raised by a stranger — someone he doesn’t know and who tried to kill him.”

Carruth later told WSOC-TV that he is both nervous and excited for his release.

He admitted that he is particularly nervous about how the public will perceive him once given his freedom:

“I’m excited about just being out of here. I’m nervous just about how I’ll be received by the public. I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me. I’m actually somewhat frightened.”

He added that he has apologized to Saundra “for the loss of her daughter and taken responsibility for what happened.” Carruth said that he doesn’t “want to harm Ms. Adams,” and that he just wants to make things right with her so that he can “truly be forgiven.”

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