Hewett pleads guilty to federal charge of obstructing justice


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Submitted: Mon, 06/02/2008 - 7:52pm
Updated: Tue, 06/26/2012 - 2:17pm
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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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90 Comments on "Hewett pleads guilty to federal charge of obstructing justice"


Guest555
2015 years 8 months ago

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

Guest3293
2015 years 8 months ago

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.

Ignoranceisbliss
2015 years 8 months ago

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 ?

robert
2015 years 8 months ago

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

Guest555
2015 years 8 months ago

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!