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Carruth To Serve Sentence At Raleigh's Central Prison

Posted January 21, 2001

— Former NFL star Rae Carruth arrived in Raleigh Monday evening to serve his prison sentence at Central Prison. Due to the high-profile case and Carruth's celebrity status, prison officials have some decisions to make.

Superior Court Judge Charles Lamm sentenced Carruth to at least 18 years and 11 months in prison Monday for his role in the 1999 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend. Carruth was transported to Raleigh's Central Prison under heavy guard by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office Monday.

"Celebrity status makes no difference with us. We treat everyone the same," says deputy Donald Belk. "Everybody is a potential maximum risk or a high-risk person."

TheN.C. Department of Correctionwill now have to figure out how and where to house the former Carolina Panthers star.

Tracy Little, spokesman for the Department of Correction, says Carruth's future inside Central Prison will be determined by a series of physical and psychological evaluations.

"They will make a determination as to whether he should be housed initially with the regular inmate population at Central Prison, or whether he should be housed in another separated area of the prison," she says.

Carruth will be housed at Central Prison because anyone sentenced to 10 or more years is sent here. Carruth, who turned 27 on Saturday, will be behind bars for at least 20 years.


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