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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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  • Raye

    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….

  • golfie

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

  • Tommyfortume

    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.

  • Brunswick County Resident

    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.

  • Guest1636

    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.

  • Guest 45646

    WHATEVER!!!!!!!! He is getting EXACTLY what he deserves!

  • Brunswick County Resident

    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.

  • Guest of the best

    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!

  • Steve231

    Thurston’s comments pretty much cut to the chase. We should all be wondering what, if anything, will be done about the Sheriff’s Department employees who suddenly decided that their own, seemingly intentional behavior, represented a component of broader criminal conduct. Some of these sworn law enforcement officers remained silent until for eight or more years….then suddenly decided that their own conduct represented a criminal offense. Now, they seem to be content with justifying their own crimes with a “the devil (Hewett)made me do it defense. I find it odd that anyone would support these folks. Imagine how this will play out, or perhaps already has, if these law enforcement officers apply these same ethics to their offical duties. Nobody in Brunswick County can possible consider themselves safe as long as these officers continue to serve. If they had any sense of justice, the next thing they would have signed after the sworn testimony against Hewett would have been their own resignations. Hopefully the new leadership will help them along the right path.

  • 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

    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.

  • Godblessstonewalljackson

    You make me proud!

  • Go HOME!

    If all of you people from up north hate the “good ol’ boy” system so bad, believe it or not I have a solution…….. GO HOME! This is not an end to the good ol’ boy system. The new man in charge is also a “good ol’ boy”. He is from here also, with tons of family and friends in the system. If you don’t like it, why didn’t you run for the position?

  • 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.

  • Guest226

    LMAO! Very well said!

  • 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!

  • Guest 1948

    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.

  • Gene

    Lets see, how to best answer you?
    Uhhhhh….
    NO!

  • Guest206

    WHY DON’T YOU GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM?

  • Southern Born

    Yes this has all been some southern conspiracy, early after the civil war we decided to have a secret society called the (GOBS) you refer to us as the “Good Ole Boys” the plan was perfect 1st we would build a bunch of white Pickett fences around our yards, that way we could identify our members, 2nd we would elect corrupt politicians, who’s laws would only apply to anyone who was not a (GOBS). 3rd we would turn on each other so that you would be distracted, 4th, we sold you all of our swampland for 4 times its actual worth, 5th, while you were complaining about the storm water runoff problems and bragging about taking down our Pickett fences one at a time, we would build gas stations, bomb Iraq, and horde all the rice,

    And no you are not so clever, because everyone know we were also behind the Roswell thing and most big foot sightings. And just so you will not be alarmed when you get this bit of info I will go ahead and confess that we invented the wheel, Doritos, illegal immigration and toll booths.

    Currently we are working on abolishment of the AA, The ADA, FM stations and of course the latest conquest analog TV, that’s right your old TV no longer works because we the GOOD OLE BOYS have been dead set against it since the civil war.

  • rebecca burriss

    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!!

  • Valecia Cumbee Inman

    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.

  • Neil Walton

    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.

  • We are all Americans

    Were you affected by the Civil War? Would you like some reparations?

  • Thurston Cumbee

    Well whats the option? The Odds are 30 to 1 and you have an outsider who has been paid by an unknown source to set you up for the kill. Your deputies accept pay for work they say now that they know was wrong. Where is the law that lets them keep pay and blame the sheriff for that. If it was wrong they are criminals too. Let he that is without sin cast the first stone. The news media has already tried Hewett and called for his resignation before the whole story was told. Hewett has been betrayed by his trusty friends. Law enforcement that you can trust, I don’t hink so! They have taken Ron Hewett down, if you cross the good ole boys look out Ingram!! You may be next. Folks in Brunswick better be aware. You could be the next SET UP victim. Remember the set up pro’s are still wearing a badge that you paid for!

  • Guest99

    Let ye without sin cast the first stone. Please keep in context what he has actually done…ok, perhaps he did wrong. Have we turned into a lynch mob? Where is compassion…. I hope that I am never in the position of having to trust, only to be totally betrayed by all. Even a convicted felon has family and is loved by someone. Think about what you are saying and how it hurts the family. We have all grazed the law in one way or another. Does it seem this is blown way out of porportion?

  • VALECIA CUMBEE INMAN

    I have read the comments that have been made. I am appalled at the attitude of the citizens of Brunswick County. And I have also noticed that the people who are making the biggest deal out of this remain unnamed. If u are going to boast and run someone in the dirt that has already been trampled then at least be man or woman enough to put your name in print. You certainly don’t mind using someone else’s do you.

    And as for Ronald. I grew up with Ronald. He worked hard all his life. His mom and dad were fine people and they raised their kids to do the best they could. And from what I can tell Ronald and his wife have done the same with their children.

    I do believe if u do wrong u should pay for your crime. And I agree that no one is above the law. But I also believe that when a person does so that they have done all they can do, just like if any of you that are so happy about the outcome would do if it was you or someone in your family. And I am sure that you and your family would say well he/she is or has done their time, so leave them alone. And that is what I am telling all of you that are so brave and bold. Leave him alone and let him do what has to be done. Enough is enough.

    And as for the deputies that came forward, well I am sure that none of them have ever done ONE thing wrong and don’t have any SKELETONS in their closets. I am afraid if that same gentleman who started all this with Ronald would keep checking there would be a lot more than just Ronald in this situation.

  • Pursuit of Justice

    Finally a small break in that white pickett fence the good Ol’ Boys put up during the civil war. Great way to take down those Good Ol’ Boys one white pickett at a time! YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW.

  • robert

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

  • Ignoranceisbliss

    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 ?

  • Guest3293

    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.

  • Guest555

    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

  • Gene

    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.

  • Okay. We’ll pretend it “ain’t”. :-)

  • TheHunter

    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!!!

  • TheHunter

    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).

  • Valecia Cumbee Inman

    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.

  • 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

  • guesty

    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.

  • thankful for the truth

    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…

  • Contingency14

    First, Hewett was not a good old boy, he was and is a criminal. Please do not run down the fine men of this county who do the right thing ever day of their lives and would never even dream of pulling the crap that Hewett pulled.

    There is nothing wrong with the “good old boy” system, it’s been around and working for a good long time. The problem is when you get the “bad old boys” thinking that the rest of us are stupid and do not see what they are doing.

    So please to not point fingers at the fine men of Brunswick County as being like Hewett, because they are not. They are good, decent, fine men and do not deserve to be linked to a criminal.

  • contingency14

    Save our Sheriff from what? Sheriff Ingram is doing fine from what I hear and he is cleaning up the mess that Hewett left. So, no need to save our Sheriff.

    About Hewett, he has no one to blame but himself. Hopefully he will turn in all the other criminals up there in Boliva and make him self a hero.

  • Contingency14

    rotflmao.. That is the funniest thing I have ever read. Wish I was that clever…Oh, Im going to put a white fence around my house…

  • Guest555

    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!

  • guesty

    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.

  • Guest1970

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

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