Brunswick County Residents React to Ron Hewett's Guilty Plea
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY--10 years. That's the maximum time Ron Hewett could have behind bars. The former Brunswick County Sheriff could also be slapped with a $250,000 fine. Hewett pleaded guilty Monday to interfering with a Federal Grand Jury's investigation of him and his department that started back in December 2006. Hewett resigned April 15 after 14 years in office. Gloria Konrad is like many Brunswick County residents stunned by Hewett's admission of guilt. "I'm very disappointed, I thought that he was an excellent Sheriff, to come to find out what he did, I'm very upset." Marlon Long says he's been friends with Hewett for 35 years. "I feel sorry for Ronald, he and his family are in my prayers." Teresa Joyner believes Hewett is getting what he deserves. "If you do the crime you have to do the time just like everybody else, I know that if I were in that position I would have to do the time just as well." Gregory Drasheff agrees. "No one's above the law," Drasheff says. "He had a responsibility and I believe he went outside of that responsibility."

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I feel that a maximum of ten years in prison and a quarter of a million dollars is just plain overkill. I have serious concerns for the legal system in this country. But since he's dealing with the Feds it's a different story. Sheesh, he's lucky he wasn't charged with a counterfeit 20 dollar bill for he may have gotten life! LOL
I feel that to much focus on "making an example of him". He may have used employment resources for his own personal gain, but don't we all. I've taken home a pen or paper clip. I've made copies from work for my personal use. I probably owe my employer for a ream of paper and a quarter bottle of toner. DOES THAT MAKE ME A CRIMINAL. For God's sake people. He did not assault, batter, burglarize anyone. He did not put money in his own pocket. HE IS NOT A DIE HARD CRIMINAL with a 4 or 5 page "rap sheet". Can't we focus our taxpayers money and legal dept.'s attention on the REAL criminals out there. The people breaking in and burglarizing our parents, grandparents and friends homes causing undue financial hardships and stress to the real victims. How about drunk drivers killing innocent people. The Drug Dealers. Check out the court dockets in the Brunswick Beacon and see how many of these cases are dismissed and not even tried. We should focus on the current D.A. and the Judges that use "selective punishments" for those not part of the "Good OLE Boys" network. PLEASE PEOPLE GET A GRIP ON REALITY. Ron Hewett may have made some bad decisions, but he is far from being a criminal.
My God man, when are you going to get a grip on reality. Fact: Ronald Hewett is a "convicted felon"! What do you not understand about that? When you are "convicted" in a court of law... YOU ARE A CRIMINAL! Duh? End of story. Oh yeah, if you were working for me and doing that stuff, you would be out the door because you would be fired! To those of you that still feel compelled to come to the aid of this disgraced former law man with all your excuses I give you some wise words from Benjamin Franklin. “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” .
You're kidding? The man was a criminal! He BROKE the LAW and he was a cop for God's sake! You seem to be a very uneducated person. What if something was happening to you or your loved ones and he was to drunk to help???? Ask your self that question. What if on his way he killed on of your relativies cause he was driving drunk??? Ask yourself that question. I don't know why people are supporting a corrupt cop but you better think again. On top of it your pen and paper clips don't compare to his son useing a cop car and gas we paid for to go to school. Wake up, I feel sorry for you! I hate to know with your mentality we are out on the roads driving with you!
"DOES THAT MAKE ME A CRIMINAL??" Why yes it does. Actually it makes you a dishonest person that steals from work. Hewett has low morals and does not belong in a place of authority if he can not resist temptation to use his job as a step for anyone or anything ......Hewett is old news. Get over it, he got what he deserves.
We can assume you never did anything to get yourself ahead? Never pulled strings or asked favors or used something to you own advantage. Whatever dude your human( i hope) so we can all imagine you have done things for your own personal gain......
Stealing from your employer does not get you ahead. Breaking the law when you are suppose to be enforcing it does not get you ahead. Using government money/property for your own use does not get you ahead. Of course I have gotten ahead by asking for favors etc. BUT, did I use my employers assets doing that or break the LAW doing that? NO, unlike Hewett. We are not all like him, some of us can get ahead legally. You must be him or related to him.
I hope they make an "example" of the idiot and raise the level of awareness to others in similar positions in this county along with the rest of the state. This man abused the power of the office he held and failed to perform his sworn duty to the citizens of Brunswick County. This is the ultimate disgrace to the taxpayers and abuse of our trust in government. There is no fitting punishment for these actions.
Thank you for putting it out there. This man should be treated no differently then any other criminal. I cannot believe the amount of people who are backing him. Throw the book at him and others like him.
I don't personally know Ron Hewett, but other than being a little Gung-Ho and somewhat of a TV hog (then, not now), I thought he was OK. I have never been a fan of putting anyone in jail that posed no threat to the public. Therefore, I feel that appropriate fines for his wrongdoings should be sufficient punishment. The guy can go to work, pay taxes like the rest of us instead of being locked up at taxpayer's expense.
I met Ron when I was in the 5th grade, he was my DARE officer. I have grown up in this area with him as our Sheriff. I have no problem with him using inmates to cut grass or pick up trash or whatever else he used them to. They deserve anything they get. Ron wasnt a threat to our community and I think he should pay his fines and move on. He did a good job serving his community for a long time. Everyone makes mistakes and this was his. He never promised to be perfect he just said he would help serve and protect and I think he did just that.
How about what he did to his female officer that was murdered in 1999?