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Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett is going to prison.

Saying he betrayed a precious trust, a federal judge in Raleigh gave Ron Hewett 16 months behind bars on three counts of obstruction of justice, while also hitting him with a heavy fine.

Judge Earl Britt began Hewett's sentencing by saying it was a tragic day for Brunswick County and the state of North Carolina. He said he has seen far too many public officials facing jail time.

It has been a long road for the former sheriff. After being named the youngest sheriff in the state when he started serving at age 31, some supporters say he did all the right things for Brunswick County.

Frank Hewett, Ron’s cousin, felt that Ron did better that just good.

"Ron Hewett has been the best sheriff Brunswick County has ever had," he said.

After pleading guilty to three counts of obstructing justice, Ron Hewett received his sentence: 16 months in federal prison, a $10,000 fine and two years supervised probation after his release.

Leland resident George Cooper said that is not enough.

"I'm here today to see him get sentenced," Cooper said. "I was hoping he would get about 10 years, but it didn't happen that way. I was shocked."

Cooper said Hewett and other deputies shot him seven times last May. He came to the federal courthouse in Raleigh to see the sentencing for himself.

While some like Cooper think Hewett is a corrupt man, in the eyes of his family and friends who surrounded him on this fateful day, he was a good man.

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2015 years 11 months ago

“I feel sorry for you people who because you couldn’t make the real world work out for you have to make up another world.”………So how is your godlessness working out for you?

Your Kidding Right
2015 years 11 months ago

The reason that he did not put his real name is that he was smart enough not to trust a hewett, regardless of the first name, the last name says it all.

Ronald is a low down criminal. The people trust him and he turned his back on them.

May God help him and may BUBBA love him

Guest bc
2015 years 11 months ago

that right gore has not been convicted yet…but the day is still young..it’s coming.

Guest bc
2015 years 11 months ago

Why not, Rex Gore has a job!

2015 years 11 months ago

Ok, 16 months active in federal prison for obstruction. Whether you like it, dont like it, dont care, deal with it. That’s what sentencing laws are for. What most people fail to realize is this was a plea agreement. I am sure some people here understand and can also explain what “housecleaning” is when it comes to a court docket. Instead of spending thousands of dollars in tax payers money for a lengthy trial that will end in a guilty verdict, the defendant is offered a plea to get it off the calendar. He pleas to charges, he is sentenced.… Read more »

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