Why did Rae Carruth go to prison?


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Rae Carruth shot his pregnant girlfriend who ultimately died from her injuries. Rae Carruth was sentenced to 18 to 24 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.

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On Nov. 15, 1999, Rae Carruth's girlfriend, Cherica Adams, was shot four times by Van Brett Walkins Sr. Cherica Adams, who was eight months pregnant with Rae Carruth's child at the time of the shooting, called 911 for help. Adams told the dispatcher that Rae Carruth stopped his vehicle in front of hers while another car pulled up alongside her and fired shots. She was taken to Carolina's Medical Center, where doctors delivered her son via an emergency cesarean section after Adams fell into a coma. Before Adams died, police arrested Rae Carruth for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder based on Adams' written testimony.

Carruth was granted bail with the agreement that should Adams or the baby die, Carruth would immediately turn himself back in to the police. Cherica Adams died several weeks later as result of her injuries. When Adams succumbed to her injuries, Carruth's charges were changed to murder. Rather than turn himself in, Carruth fled and was eventually caught by the F.B.I. He was found guilty of the charges brought against him and sent to prison.

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