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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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Save our Sheriff?

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.

WHATEVER!!!!!!!! He is

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

Ron Hewett Pleads Guilty

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!

Good Point

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.

Ronald Hewett

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.

Forgiveness

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?

NO!

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

About Time

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.

Go back 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?

To Go Home about Good Old Boys

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.

WHY DON'T YOU GO BACK WHERE

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

GOBS

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.

GOBS Southern Born

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...

You make me proud!

You make me proud!

LMAO! Very well said!

LMAO! Very well said!

Were you affected by the

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

Ridiculous

I can't believe it has come to this. People seem to forget the good so easily and only hold onto the bad. He does not deserve this and I also believe this is some sort of witch hunt. I wish only the best for his family and believe he DOES NOT deserve prison time for something so small.

Ron Hewett

Mr. Hewett should be put on probation and do community service for 5 years. He just took his authority too far and assumed more responsibility than he should have. Wonder how many other have or are doing the same thing. Look at the number of people he hurt other than himself.

I THINK IT WAS A WITCH HUNT

I THINK IT WAS A WITCH HUNT FROM THE START. A BUNCH OF JEALOUS EMPLOYEES AND SO CALLED "FRIENDS" OUT TO GET HIM. SO WHAT IF GENE CAISON PAINTED SIGNS FOR THE CAMPAIGN... HE HAD A GREAT JOB IN THE DEPT, BUT THAT WASN'T ENOUGH APPARENTLY. HE DIDN'T WANT TO GET PAINT ON HIS SHINY LITTLE DEPUTY BADGE, OR MAYBE HE DIDN'T WANT TO SWEAT FOR HIS BOSS. EVEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES USED THE HIGHWAY PATROL TO GUARD HIS PLACE WHILE HIS DAUGHTER WAS BEING MARRIED, WAS THAT A CRIME TOO? GIVE ME A BREAK PEOPLE..... YOU ALL NEED TO JUDGE YOURSELF FIRST. RONALD WAS ONE OF THE BEST SHERIFF'S THIS COUNTY HAS EVER HAD.

People never remember the

People never remember the good that someone does, it is always the wrong.I have known Ron and his family for a very long time and yes they are GOOD people!!! I also know several of the other officers. Gene Caison is a GOOD guy to and his wife and children are also! We all need to stop judging others.I feel that Ron needs to have a SHORT probation if anything at all!! I am a Brunswick County native and proud of it and of Ron and the job that he has done!!!

He is a criminal, not a great man!

When Ron Hewett pleads guilty he accepts and admits the fact that he is a criminal. After all, he is pleading to a crime and not a good deed. It is as plain and simple as that. Have you ever been in a courtroom when someone pleas guilty? They are asked by the judge do the fully understand they are accepting the fact they broke the law and are admitting and agreeing they in fact committed a criminal act? If they say they do not, the judge will not accept the plea. So again, when he pleas, he is saying, "I knowingly committed a criminal act and accept that I am a criminal." What should he get? That is up to the courts and not you or I. However, what ever punishment he receives, it should be in line with what you or I would get if we committed the same crime. No more, and no less. But don't forget, by his own lips with his plea he is in fact a convicted criminal. That means you are supporting a criminal as a great man. Frankly, that is very naive or very stupid! When the book is closed on this one it will read, "in the end Sheriff Hewett left office in disgrace as a convicted criminal." That will be his legacy and it is his doing, at his hands, and no one else's. Hewett accepts that fact by making the plea. Why can't you?

HE IS A CRIMINAL

I AGREE WITH YOU GENE. HE ADMITTED TO IT, THEREFORE, HE IS A CRIMINAL.EVERYBODY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS OR HER OWN ACTIONS. NO ONE MADE HIM DO IT.HE SHOULD'NT BE TREATED NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY ONE ELSE. DON'T DO THE CRIME, IF YOU CAN'T DO THE TIME.

Very well said...

Very well said...

Poor Gene. Are you not

Poor Gene. Are you not feeling justified today? It is a little suspicious (and I'm no detective) that you go to great lengths to explain the procedure of the arraignment. The history book isn't written yet, Gene. When it is the good will be recorded with the bad and from where most of us stand, it has far greater volume. And Gene, you might be a footnote. That's all. Just a footnote.

not even a footnote!

I am quite sure when this is all said and done I will not even be a footnote. Do not deserve to be one and do not want to be one.

He is a crminal

Says who? He did more good things for Brunswick County than all his accusations His good deeds will be rememberd forever, because good people never forget the good that was rendered to and for them.

SAY'S RONALD HEWETT!

WHEN HE STOOD BEFORE THAT JUDGE AND SAID, GUILTY, YOUR HONOR! HE SAID HE WAS GUILTY!

SAYS RONALD HEWETT

NOW, YOU REALLY SAID IT ALL. IT IS SUPPOSE TO BE, INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, NOT GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT, HEWETT TOOK THE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT APPROACH TO LOTS OF SITUATIONS WHEN HE ABUSED ALL OF HIS SO CALLED POWER, AS SOME SAY THE SHERIFF IS THE MOST POWERFUL PERSON THERE IS. I SAY NO, HE IS NOT. WHO IS? GOD ALMIGHTY.

Gene's comment

An interesting tutorial on the criminal justice system. Sure, Hewett entered a guilty plea. While neither you nor I know with certainty why he chose to do so, its a reasonable guess that (1) he did not want to put his family and friends through a trial and (2) even though his conduct probably harmed nobody, he wasn't going to be able to deny the charge. So sure, Hewett is a convicted criminal, and some, like Gene, see that fact as defining Hewett's life and accomplishments. Fortunately for all of us, Gene's views are those of a very small minority. I know the citizen's Sheriff served, and I know the overwhelming majority of them are deeply saddened by Hewett's departure from office and conviction. I also know that they will remain eternally thankful to Hewett for all that he has done over the years to protect them and he will always have their unwavering loyalty. As legacies go, Sheriff Hewett will have one worthy of envy.

your comment "even though

your comment "even though his conduct may not have harmed anybody" well, I'd like you to know he "harmed" my pocketbook when he spent my tax money that I pay every year!