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Hewett pleads guilty to federal charge of obstructing justice

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Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett pleaded guilty in Raleigh Monday to a federal charge of obstructing justice. He now faces sentencing Sept. 8. The maximum sentence for the charge is 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release. Hewett is accused of trying to impede a federal grand jury investigation of him and his department that began in December 2006. “The investigation and prosecution of public corruption is one of our office’s highest priorities," United States Attorney George Holding said. "Ronald Hewett unlawfully obstructed a grand jury investigation into corruption of his office, and he’s being held accountable for it in federal court. He’s being held accountable for those acts of corruption by the charges the state authorities have brought.” Hewett resigned April 15 from the post he had held for 14 years. He had been suspended March 27, based on affidavits from current and former deputies accusing him of misconduct in office. Four days later, he was indicted on state charges of embezzlement and obstructing justice. The actions in state court came amid the ongoing federal grand jury investigation. “Ron Hewett pleading guilty today proves no one is above the law," said Nathan Gray, Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Division of the FBI. "I would like to thank the courageous Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies who risked their jobs to come forward and provide vital information to investigators. I would also like to thank the State Bureau of Investigation for its pivotal role in this investigation. The FBI relies on strong partnerships with other agencies to make sure justice is served no matter who stands accused." John Ingram, a former department employee who was among those who signed affidavits, was hired in April as the department's chief deputy, then was chosen last month by the county's Democratic Party to serve as sheriff for the rest of Hewett's term, which ends in 2010. Check back for more on this developing story.

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ha ha ha

lmao thats funny.i moved from wilmington about 3 yrs ago and just now heard about this This is tooo funny.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Enough is enough people. Don't any of you have anything else better to do than keep arguing back and forth about this? I wish all of you knew just how childish you sound. We all have had our opinions about what has happened, but it's time to give it a rest. Whatever will happen, will happen. Talking bad to and about other people on this website is not going to change a thing.

What's wrong

What's wrong, you can't get the bumper sticker off your car???? You can't get you donations back???? YOU WERE FOOLED!!!!!! Boo Hoo

Does it all even matter ?

The dire reality of it all is that regardless of who we have in the sheriff's position, we still have problems in our county. Myself as a citizen, wish we would have had the option to vote for someone but we didn't. Now, I want to see some progress. I personally have made the BCSO aware of drug activity on my street in the past month and guess what the crack house is still thriving. What is it going to take to get the drug problem in our community under control? It wasn't a big surprise that Ronald pled gulity, I mean it was strung all over the media the telephone conversations he had with his "friends". He basically had no choice. I have known Ronald all my life and I know he is a good man. That is what I know from personal experience. I certainly hope that he is able to savor some kind of life after all this, I mean after all he is human and makes mistakes, don't ya'll ?

Yes!!

Now pleading guilty is one thing Little Ronnie E. has done right in awhile. He knew they had him. He was feeling the heat coming down. Now he won't have to spend to long behind bars. He is a crook and always has been. All you knuckle heads who voted for him or supported must feel pretty stupid by now. He definitely had you all fooled. There is a god. I am so thankful Ronald is gone and hopefully some others will be going with him. They did his dirty work for him for years and don’t deserve to hold a badge either. I bet the deputies are finally glad they get too actually do their jobs again and work for a decent sheriff (Ingram).

Ron cant handle it

I saw Ronald, he has gained so much wait. I think he is depressed cause of all the Judis's that crusified him on the crooked cross. So what Ronald couldnt handle his drugs and alcohoil? People need to know famous people also get caught up taking a pill to help a bad back and one thing then another. I bet sooner or later the truth will come forward and we will hear about the devils that live in the courthouse. Satanik rituals tat only a 33rd degree mason knows made Ronald wise to what is going on.

Masons?

What are you talking about the Masons? Did they have something to do with all of this?

your comments are correct

your comments are correct but you need to learn that wait is spelled weight

your kidding

You blind people still are standing behind a corrupt cop! How stupid.., never mind you proved it with your boo hooing...Do you stand behind the drug dealers that get caught? The murderers? The theives? This is why this county is so messed up. Do you really think all the time he spent doing what he was doin he was concerened about you and your family? I know times I have been drinking can't say I thought about people of this community. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for backing a BAD COP! And I ask, if he killed someone in you r family while he was going to a scene drunk...would you responses be the same?????? He is a humane like everyone else not GOD!

Guest 555 about hewett

Thank you, finally someone with some common sense. Hewett was corrupt, he is not a convicted felon...not some super hero. Soon more will fall with him...

How old do you need to be to run for sheriff

When will Justin be old enough to go to Bolivia and cause some slow walking and sad singing? Sounds like a plan to me. Hang in there Ron. Every old dog has his day and some can dish it out but they can't take it. What goes around comes around. Think about this while you Ha Ha, GENE!

No Ha, Ha, here

I am not laughing as I find this sad and not funny. There is nothing funny at all about a cop going bad. There should be no pleasure in any of this for anyone. That does not change the fact that it is a good thing to see the justice system work.

ron hewett

guilty of what ? pleding guilty to protect the ones you love,your wife and children from anymore political self rightousness .The one behind this is the real criminal planing this day more than three years ago . You know who you are and what you want you have distroyed lives and cost the people of N.C. a great sum of money a loss of integrity for nothing more than personel gain that you will never see. Your manipulating days are coming to an end very soon. Distroying the life of Ron Hewett and his family will be your downfall and something you will have to live with the rest of your life. Ron will never go punished for all the wonderful things he has brought to the people of Brunswick Co. ......But you will!

Gene

Has anyone else noticed that "Gene" takes this all a little too personally? Wonder why? :-) ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha busted!

I am?

Not sure where you are coming from but, whatever? I will tell you this, I have never carried a badge in Brunswick County so it sure ain't from the Sheriff's Dept.

it ain't?

Okay. We'll pretend it "ain't". :-)

So I guess you have done no wrong!!!

I have read the comments that have been posted. And I cannot for the life of me understand the outright viciousness that I am seeing here. If this was you or a member of your family, you would be shouting from the rooftops and asking for forgiveness. This man, (Ronald Hewett) and his family have been under siege for quite some time. He has admitted his wrong doing and will recieve his punishment. It takes a bigger man to admit he is wrong for what he HAS done than a group of people to decide to lynch him for what he May have done. Now in my personal opinion you should all be praying for this situation and praying that you don't end up in a simular one someday. It appears all anyone has to do is suggest you have done wrong and if the right ones get ahold of that information you could be standing right where he was standing today. But then again, maybe you are all perfect and YOU HAVE DONE NO WRONG!!! If that be the case then you get your big bag of rocks and you start throwing them. And if that's not the case then May God Have Mercy On Your Soul if someone decides to do the same thing to you.

So I guess.....

Valecia Cumbee Inman, I agree with you 100%, and to the rest of you, grow up!!!! You all sound like a lynch-mob, but I guess you all are the type to watch pit-bull fighting. I hear so much venom coming off the pages I have to look and see if I'm about to get bit.....Valecia has said it all....

First of all he is a little

First of all he is a little man who is a crook who allowed power to go to his head. And this is not something he MAY have done, he did it and used his power to ruin good hard working people's lives. He disgraced law enforcement and what they stand for. I have been praying for him though, and my prayers have been answered. He is out of office and the public now knows what a vicious corrupt person he really is. You need to take your blinders off and face reality or seek mental help. He is guilty woman!!!

Look closer

There is a difference in doing wrong and committing a criminal act. You should look in to that. I've done wrong. I could've picked up that peice of trash on the sidewalk. But that isn't a crime because I didn't put it there. I could have stopped and helped you with your flat tire. Still not a crime. I have done criminal (I love to speed) but my criminal acts(speeding) pales in comparison to Hewetts. So I will throw as many rocks as I wish. You may continue to preach and babble as long as you wish.

Valecia Cumbee Inman about the Hewett's

Dear Mrs Inman, The Hewett's brought this on themselves, that is all there is to this. Please do not get on here an preach "forgiveness" after the hell his man has put our community through. Maybe next time he and his family will think about their behavior and see what is coming for those who believe they are above the law.

Preaching

All I will say in response to your comment is if you would like to have a discussion with me you need to be brave enough to put your name with your opinion. Because as far as I am concerned if you aren't man or woman enough to do that then you need to keep your opinions to yourself. AND I THINK I HAVE THE RIGHT TO PREACH ANYWHERE I WANT TO. JUST LIKE YOU JUST DID.

Name

Political opinions are designed to be anonymous. That's why we don't sign our names to ballots. So, the way I see it, if we want to express our political opinions here, we can do it anonymously too. As citizens, we can express our views on government officials all day long, we can sign our opinions simply as "citizen." You have no right to say we must say who we are, and your opinion carries no greater weight than ours because you choose to state your name.

Valecia Cumbee

I'll tell you who I am, a voter and a tax paying citizen. Now let me tell you who you are.. A PAID FOR ADVERTISEMENT FOR HEWETT. You have no idea what this man has done, you just get blindly led along by the same front that he has put up for his entire life. Who is Ronald Hewett He is a criminal...he is going to JAIL. He cannot vote, carry a gun or all the other freedoms that the rest of us who are not FELONS enjoy. Now Valecia Cumbee you know who the players are.

what proof?

And by what proof do we have that you really are "Valecia Cumbee Inman?" Ok, my name is George Washington. No, wait... George Jefferson. No, that can't be right. Give me a minute or two.

Ron Hewett

This is not the Ron Hewett I know. He has without doubt been the all-around best sheriff in the history of Brunswick County. If one needed him in the middle of the night he would go as soon as he could get there. When the smoke clears the county will find out that there were others in his midst who aren't snow white, either.

Shouldn't we all in

Shouldn't we all in Brunswick County feel blessed to live in a place with so many people without sin and feel they can stand in judgement of everyone else? As for me, I am kind of scared to go to sleep with "friends" around like Ron Hewett had.I'm sure he pled guilty today to take some of the pressure off his family whom he loves dearly. Sometimes with our kinds of laws and people of position in our courts, we must make decisions we don't neccessarily want to to prevent further crucifying by certain lynch mobs.So,all of you that are so happy about Ron's misfortune, think about the family you have and how you would want to be treated. Remember,we all are God's children.I pray God will forgive you for the hatred you feel in your heart. I do and will always support Ron Hewett.

RONALD HEWETT

GUESS YOU WERE NEVER FORTUNATE TO WORK UNDER HIS REIGN. WHAT ABOUT ALL THE LIVES AND FAMILIES THAT HE RUINED THEIR CHANCES OF EASILY FINDING OTHER EMPLOYMENT AFTER HE (THE TERMINATOR) TERMINATED THEIR JOBS. FRIENDS OR NO FRIENDS, LET THE TRUTH AND JUSTICE PREVAIL.

Ronald Hewett

Save our sheriff I cannot believe some of the comments I have read about Ronald Hewett! He is a great sheriff and still is a GREAT MAN! He has done so much for this community that people seem to forget! I will support Ronald and his family through this mess. I feel like if we took out every deputy and other people doing things in the county with county vehicles ETC. Who would be left???? Ronald, my prayers are with you through this difficult time!!

SAVE OUR SHERIFF

AMAZING, YOU SEEM TO HAVE IT BACKWARDS, IT'S NOT SAVE THE SHERIFF, IT IS SAVE THE CITIZENS OF BRUNSWICK COUNTY FROM THE SHERIFF WHO GOT TOO POWERFUL, SO LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY. TRUE JUSTICE PREVAILS FOR ONCE IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY