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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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