Former NFL player and Sacramento-native Rae Carruth was released from prison on Monday after serving 18 years for conspiring to murder an ex-girlfriend who was pregnant with his child.
Carruth went Valley High School in South Sacramento before playing college football at University of Colorado Boulder. In 1997, he was drafted in the first-round by the Carolina Panthers.
In late 1999, Carruth's pregnant ex, Cherica Adams, was injured in a drive-by shooting in Charlotte N.C. She went into a coma and was taken off life support a month after the incident.
Adam's unborn child survived although he had permanent brain damage.
Investigators found that Carruth hired a gunman to shot his ex in an attempt to make sure she wouldn't have the baby. He allegedly wanted her to have an abortion, but she refused.
He was found guilty on three counts including conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child.
Carruth was sentenced to 18 to 24 years at Sampson County Correctional in North Carolina.
After serving 18 years and 11 months, the 44-year-old was released Monday for good behavior.
He previously said that he'd like to have a relationship with his now 18-year-old son, Chancellor Lee Adams.
Chancellor Lee, who has cerebral palsy, was raised by his maternal grandmother, Saundra Adams.
Carruth didn't give any statement to reporters during his release.