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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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  • Guest777

    “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?

  • Gene

    I agree with your commentary 100% So much so I believe it is worth repeating, we should take the time to thank our upstanding officers of the law, State, County, or City for an outstanding job. Few seem to understand there is no such thing as a routine call and an officers life may be on the line or snuffed out at any given moment.

    Dirty cops should be removed from the ranks of the decent. After all, those dirty cops bring a pall over all that live by the oath of their duty. It only makes a decent officers life harder to have them within the ranks. The discovery, prosecution, and conviction of Hewett was just one more step in policing the police and shoring up their ranks. In this case, the system has worked.

    I would like to ask you, if an officer used or was using a patrol vehicle for personal and/or family business would that not be wrong? Would the use of gas plus the mileage, wear and tear on the vehicle for non-town and non-work related purposes not be steeling? Would there be any real difference in an officer using $5 worth of gas for personal use or taking $5 out of the petty cash drawer?

    There still exists today at least one in the area that is or has been guilty of steeling if you believe the answers to the above are yes. If any officer has knowledge of this or, as far as that goes, any town official, should that officer(s) or official(s) not come forward? I can only hope that one does.

    Lastly, to you and your comrades in law enforcement. Thank you for your diligence in an often thankless job. Thank you for being that “thin blue line” between the public and the lawbreakers. Thank you for keeping both your eyes and mouth open.

  • IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE

    SO WHO HAS HE SAVED????? ALL THE DRUG DEALERS, POSSIBLY.

  • Gene

    Sheriff, ex-sheriff, Ron, Ronald, etc., very soon all of this will be cleared up and the confusion ended on what he should be called with or without his wants. As soon as he reports to prison he will be assigned a number. During that time all can just refer to him by that number. Example, prisoner 911085 or whatever. It will be a simple thing. Problem solved. Thanks, Uncle Sam!

  • Guest for sure

    to the one that thinks people are just putting rumors on here on what has been going on saturday night at, brunswick county jail.well you should look at captain kevins comment page and maybe you might learn more.

  • Doc

    Love to be a fly on the wall in his prison cell when his cell mate ask….”What are you in for…sweetie?”

  • Justice

    You will just have to forgive me if I don’t use my real name, as the two of you have. Maybe both of your parents had a sense of humor when they named you. If we are to believe those are your real names. In the meantime if your not aware of what a good, decent man is, go back to those same parents and see if they can clue you in. Let me see if I can help you out though, chances are that a good man would not be headed to prison. Nor would that same good man have friends that turn on him. People tend to befriend others with common traits. It is okay to demand loyalty if your willing to return the gesture. Guess who demanded it and forgot to return the favor??? That’s correct…the same guy headed to prison. Your hasbeen Hewett.

  • Missy

    LOL! That last sentence was hilarious!

  • Guest44

    No….. most locals thought he was a joke.

  • Guest76767676767676

    i will never feel like an idiot for expressing my opinion. it’s simply MY OPINION. why do i have to wait for the news? why don’t you just “bring it”? apparently, you’re waiting for confirmation to rumor and innuendo started by the sorry hewett supporters who just can’t let go.

  • sam222

    You say you know Ronald? If you did you would not call him “RON” that is a common fact that people who do “know” him knows!

  • justwondering

    What a joke? You said a mouthful then. Most especially with what happened Saturday night at the “Sheriff’s office” Once it all hits the news lets see then how great everything is being run now and what you have to say. Less of a dictatorship???? I don’t think so!

  • sam222

    AMEN!!

  • justwondering

    First of all if you knew Ronald E. Hewett you would also know that no one calls him “RON” that knows him. His name is Ronald. Maybe he did curse at employees but that is not a drop in the bucket to what has happened this week. Just wait, you will feel like a fool about what you have posted about the brave back stabbers!! I will be looking forward to your post next week “Buddy”.

  • Your Kidding Right

    Frank,
    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

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

  • Guest bc

    Why not, Rex Gore has a job!

  • fozbot98

    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. Its over. It saves money. I dont agree with it. It happens. Whatever else he was going to be charged with goes away. Case closed. That’s the real “criminal justice system” folks. None of us like it but that’s the way it goes.

    Now, I see people commenting on how “wonderful” ron is and how great of a sheriff he was. Let me put this nicely. You never worked for him. PERIOD!! Yes I worked there. I loved it initially and then I got to see what he was really like. My first Sgt gave me some advice when I started that helped me along. I did my job, kept my eyes open and mouth shut. I saw people get the shaft for absolutely no reason. One officer was called and fired over the phone while on vacation, just after the birth of a child because someone complained on him. Another officer was contacted just prior to coming to work and transferred to another division without any notice. When asked why they were being transferred, the response was “we dont have to tell you that.” Ron is great. Sure. That office is filled actions just like that at the hands of ron hewett. I left because I lost respect for the man. I saw him for what he was.

    I had a gentleman just tonight come up to me and thank me and another officer for just being out here in a thankless job and doing what we do. Maybe some of you should do that next time you see a deputy. Just say thank you for hanging around and being strong enough to tolerate all the BS that took place and having faith that there was light at the end of the tunnel. Thank for being there!
    I think that was 3 cents worth.

  • fozbot98

    Ron Hewett did not clean up Leland. LAPD did that. Ron Hewett did not come north of Mill Creek unless it was a political function or a TV camera was on. Any cleaning up that did take place outside the Leland city limits was done by patrol officers, detectives and vice officers. They did the work and he took the credit. Also, he cant run again because he is convicted felon and felons cannot be law enforcement officers in NC.

  • Justin America

    Just another criminal in a cop costume. What’s really funny is the quote… “Ron Hewett has been the best sheriff Brunswick County has ever had.” That may be true. LOL.

  • Guest for sure

    You think things are going great at the sheriff’s department.Well before you tell things you don’t know about. Wait till what has been going on up there this week hits the news.Boy you will feel like an idiot.There is still curruption up there by some of those GOOD OLE BOYS’..Just wait it is gonna hit the news stations.

  • Gene

    Nice to have such a well educated person respond on this blog. Which Hewett are you? Another cousin maybe?

  • weeeeeoooooooo

    No, I do not mean when he gets back in as Sheriff! A convicted felon can not hold that office. Duh! I mean when he gets back home! The “bassets” at home will be welcome “puppies” after 16 months of, the “boys club”.

  • Guest4545454545

    when ron gets back?????? are you speaking of getting back to the sheriff’s department? do you honestly believe that there are enough idiots in brunswick county to vote a convicted felon back into public office???? i think when he gets released from prison, he’ll take up his “marbles” and move off to a land far, far away. hopefully to another galaxy. he’s an embarassment to the people of brunswick county, especially his supporters. i’ll give him enough credit to say that i’m sure he realizes that fact.

  • Weeeooooooooo

    I bet after 16 months with “the boys” those “basset hounds” at home are sure going to look like “Puppies” when Ron gets back!
    Yoweeeeeeeeeee!

  • wheva

    How arrogant of Betty to say what Obama believes or not. I guess you know him personally. Typical christian you are.

  • Shallotte Resident

    From what I understand, he had 2 sides of him. One the public and family seen and the other his office seen. Is this true?

  • Shallotte Resident

    Don’t get yourself worked up, I have already prayed that this person has been forgiven. We are all God’s children.

  • atheist

    god is an excuse for a lot of folks. Its his fault when bad things happen (oh its gods will), he gets the glory when good things happen…blahblahblah.

    If its gods will and he has the grand master plan then why bother praying?? You actually think he is going to change his plan just for you?? I make my own luck, good or bad. Too bad they haven’t figured that out yet, they would be a lot better off.

  • HAMMER TIME

    was phil norris at hewetts sentencing as a pastor or a commisioner?? heres the answer…I was at the federal courthouse and heard norris say “it’s a injustice”, so does that mean he agrees with the laws hewett broke?
    hey phil, what about the people he treated like dirt? and took their jobs away, when some did nothing at all, except for not collecting enough money… or missing a function..explain that…
    sounds to me that norris is for hewett…so does that mean he doesn’t practice what he preaches….norris, bill sue and marty lawing need to go….

  • KINGBASE

    I do know the REAL Ron Hewett! I also know Kevin and Gene Allan and alot of other BC deputies. I also know that many of them could be having their day as well. My point to this is that educated, professional people should know how to handle a situation like this. If a friend or co-worker has a problem, you don’t stabb them in the back and tape conversations and pretend to be on their side. When a friend needs help you try and get him help you don’t try to stabb him in the back. There are other ways of handling things more professionally. I understand who was involved and orders may have been past down but it was not done in a professional way. I know that it likely was the goal for THE GUYS to make themselves look good, however they never know who may be taping their converations one day, or it may have already happened. Also some people on BCSD should have been scared for their jobs anyway. Some are not even qualified to do them. That might be one thing Ron did worng, is hiring some of the people he did. I have even seen some officers take their kids to school in their marked cars. I thought someone said that was not allowed. I also have been pasted on HWY 17 blue lights and all so that the officer could meet his buddies at the buffet in Shallotte. Are they above the law?Oh, just a thought, none of these people be may professional anyway. Some even have trouble using correct english in the courtroom!!! Now, that is embarrassing. And just to point out, you yourself have made a few errors in your response. Your— should have you’re. But I will excuse you too.

  • KINGBASE

    I pray for you, degod. I am so sorry about your belief system.

  • Guest7676767676

    16 months????? what a joke! a public official gets a slap on the wrist. the courts should have made an example of him. alot of foolish people still carry a torch for old ronald. he may have done some good for the county, but all of that is blemished and overshadowed by his stupidity and greed. those who are lamenting his shameful misconduct should take a look at how the department is being run now. deputies are actually doing what deputies should do. the administration is less of a dictatorship. there are no shrines to the new sheriff adorning the walls of the sheriff’s department.

  • Guest Betty

    YOU MUST BE VOTING FOR OBAMA, AS HE DOESN’T
    BELIEVE IN GOD EITHER. YOU BETTER GET ON YOUR
    KNEES BEFORE IT IS TO LATE FELLOW, AND ASK THE LORD TO FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS. IT’S NOT TO LATE AS HE LOVES YOU VERY MUCH

  • Guest2687

    Ronald Hewett saved Brunswick Co. You people that are saying bad things about him don’t know him and probably aren’t local. Get a life and find something better to do. More than likely he put away someone you know and that’s why you are bitter.

  • Guest5150

    good one. lol

  • Justice

    Not sure what “Is this God I talking to” even means Frank. Let me make this real simple and clear for you Frank…I was born in Brunswick, raised in Brunswick. I worked for Ronnie,I worked there pre-Ronnie, and still work there to this day. Just ask yourself something really simple, if he was the best sheriff ever, why is he on his way to a jail cell??? Why is the best sheriff ever still not sitting behind his desk? Why did his staff and so called friends have him removed? I guess it is all some CIA plot to take Ronnie down right? Maybe it’s the same CIA agents that had Kennedy killed. I am pretty sure I am not God but if that is what you prefer to call me by, please feel free to do so. You can answer to the big man for it later on down the line. As far as having the “Ball” as you put it, to give you my name, if you will remind me tomorrow I will pretend to give a damn about what you want. So you can stand with whom every you wish, however there will be bars seperating the two of you. But good luck with that.

  • Guest202

    What boring reading. The Sheriff messed up and was charged accordingly. And now we bring God and bad grammar into the picture. What in the world is Brunswick County comming to. Lets all attempt to get along and try to make this place better. Do you part and help clean up a community or help someone in need. Maby volunteer your services with the Sheriffs office. Find something better to do than post your opinions of Ronald Hewett and checking grammar. We all have gotten the point.

  • Guest101

    I did not live in Leland, but I will say this My Hat Off To You Hewitt. You cleaned up Leland!!! I am from Wilmington and Leland was a place you would not go if you did not live there. You made alot of changes for the good. Everyone makes mistakes. But for the most you were Productive. They should have been glad to clean up or do anything becuase you cant catch anyone sitting at home, sleeping with everybodies wife and eating. So you may as well have went to work. I hope that you come out and run again…

  • fisherswife

    Did you know that in most cases the human brain can read and decipher words if the vowels are in the correct positions, regardless of what position the other letters hold. Most of the people that post here really just would like their opinions to be heard and are not looking to be deminished and degraded by some English professor wannabes. The worst part of it is that most of you that have commented on others posts concerning there spelling or word use have had some typographical or grammatical errors in your corrections. Get a life. If you are going to further post, please stay on topic. Adn htast all I vahe to yas atoub htat.

  • degod

    Degod
    Let me be the first to tell you that God does not judge, why you may ask… Because God does not exist. We (human people) have to take matters into our own hands, if not then you will be walked on. I can’t stand it when people try and let God be the judge or god will handle that person in the after world. When you die you die, no after world. 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.

  • F.Hewett,

    First, Are you even from Brunswick Co, or just another out-sider. And If you are, how long have you live in the Co? Or have you every met Roanld? I guess what I’d really like to answer you is “have” you every ask Ronald Hewett for favor, or just be jailed by him? If not many, many people have, and all he as tried to do was the best he could!!

    Cousin or not, I’ve known him sense we were kids. And I “do” know the he is a “great” person, a good man and “was” the Best Sheriff we every had in the Co.

    Yes, I’m Frank Hewett, and I’ll always stand with Ronald Hewett and his family. So, Do you have the “Ball” to list you name? Or maybe you’re just “God”!

    FRANK HEWETT

  • SOME ONE WHO’S BEEN INFRONT OF YOU

    TO ALL BRUNSWICK CO.PEOPLE WE ALL CAN CRY, BE GLAD OR WHAT EVER HE DID THE CRIME AND HE GOT WHAT THE LAWS SAYS HE GETS.HE LIED TO THE FEDS AND TRY TO SAY HE DIDN’T AND GOT CAUGHT JUST ASK YOUR SELF WHAT HE SAY GIVE YOU PROBATION IF YOU DID THE SAME CRIME, BE HONEST WITH YOUR SELF. ALL HIS FRIENDS CAN SAY IS RON TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF AND BE SAFE AND ALL YOUR FRIENDS WILL SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET OUT.

  • Justice

    Bravery? Kinda like you I guess huh? I guess we are to believe your real name is southern born? Yeah okay….Here’s how you judge a good man, how he treats the people he resides over. Since those people turned on him. I would have to go out on a limb and say they were not treated well. What do you think? Are you not the same one who had the little save Ronald Hewett page going? You failed. Your hero is on his way to a jail cell. Yes I have the right to judge and demand justice of the officials that are elected in this county. It really boils down to this…If Ronnie was such a good person, Ronnie would still be the Sheriff of Brunswick County, he would not be on his way to prison. The problem for him was that in his rise to the top he stepped on to many fingers, they refused to catch him on his way down. Now it is time for you to grow up, find another person to worship, this one is a wash out.

  • hewitt blew it

    people be prepared that just goes to show when you get elected or work as a high official for the tax payers , dont even think about j walking .

  • marie

    Wow Jerry Springer! Or is this rant @ raves on craigs list? Very interesting.

  • Standing next to you

    What ya gonna do.

    I thought we had a great Sheriff.
    Looked good on TV.
    Sounded good on radio.

    He made mistakes, and he’s going to do his time.

    But the Department on the whole is a fine department.

    The Brunswick County officers have always appeared to be professionals of the highest caliber. The Leland police are friendly and efficient.

    It’s a crappy job, but service to the community is their reward. We’re lucky enough to have these men and women out there dealing with people we wouldn’t want to have any contact with. They do it knowing that in an instant it could be gone.
    His life, wife and children lives destroyed so quickly. On a dark highway, middle of the night these people put it all on the line for us.

    And they do it for peanuts compared to other professions salaries. These officers deserve whatever we can give them to make the job easier and give them the edge they need to go home safely at night.

    Actually, I believe there should be two officers patrolling in one cruiser. If you’ve seen COPS you know how violent some of the offenders are. We in Brunswick County would gladly pay for more officers, there are other areas to cut and trim in the county budget where it would not be missed and the priority wouldn’t even come close to the protection afforded by our Deputy’s and Police Officers.

    We have to make it right by them, and in doing so we’re making it right for us. Business, property owners, students, retirees and seniors. Restaurants, convenience stores, could help fund raise for the departments to acquire whatever tools, technology, or tactics to help us defeat crime in our areas.

    Judge Earl Britt began by saying “he has seen far too many public officials facing jail time”.

    It’s a shame they have to be elected. I understand why, but when we turn people into politicians, it messes up even the nicest people.

    When it comes to politicians,
    Sooner or later they’re all crooks.

    Choose your flavor When it comes to voting for Sheriff, But always stand with your Law Enforcement Officers, they’re
    standing next to you.

    Remember,

    IN THE LAND OF THE BLIND

    THE ONE EYED MAN IS KING

  • YOUR BUDDY

    RON IS GOING AROUND SAYING HE IS TAKING THE HEAT FOR EVERYONE ELSE. NO RON, YOU DID IT YOURSELF. YOUR HATEFUL AND YOUR SNEAKY WAYS GOT YOU WHERE YOU ARE TODAY. KINGBASE, YOU WROTE ABOUT BACK STABBING. DO YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE WHO FINALLY STOOD UP? THE PEOPLE WHO STOOD UP RAN THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WHILE GETTING CURSED BY A DRUNK PILLED UP OUT OF CONTROL FREAK. THE PEOPLE WHO STOOD UP, ARE VERY BRAVE. THE PEOPLE WHO STOOD UP, PUT THEIR CAREERS ON THE LINE AND HAD TO WORRY ABOUT THEIR JOBS EVERYDAY. THE PEOPLE WHO STOOD UP, DID WHAT WAS RIGHT. THE PEOPLE WHO STOOD UP, WAS DONE WRONG EACH AND EVERYDAY BY A MAN WHO SAID HE WAS GOD. THE PEOPLE WHO STOOD UP, YOU CALL BACK STABBERS, I CALL THEM BRAVE. KINGBASE, YOU KNOW RONNIE PROTECTED ALOT OF PEOPLE. THOSE WHO HE PROTECTED ARE RUNNING SCARED. WHILE IN PRISON, I HOPE RON LEARNS HOW TO CUT TREES, PLANT GRASS, PLANT TREES, AND PLANT HIS OWN FLOWERS. KNGBASE, I EXCUSE YOU. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPEN, NOR DO YOU KNOW THE REAL RONALD E. HEWETT. RON MIGHT HAVE TREATED YOU GOOD, BUT AS SOON AS HE LEFT YOU, HE WAS TALKING BAD ABOUT YOU TOO. THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN RON, I’M SORRY YOU ARE EXCUSED. OH YEA! RON ITS NOT THE DEVIL, ITS ONLY JUSTICE.

  • KINGBASE

    It’s really nice for everyone to add their two cents but Ronald’s wrong doings are between him and his God. Some of those people who claimed to be his friend have not been perfect either. You know who you are! There may be people commenting on your article one day. I support his family and him in this process. We all need to acknowledge that people do change and can be humble. I guess the other lesson in this is that people may not be able to trust who their friends are. It is sad that in a world like we live in today that there has to be back stabbing and people trying to start trouble. Ronald is a good person, maybe he has made mistakes but I have not meet a person yet who has been perfect. The next time you get a speeding ticket, remember not to go to a friend for help because you would be expecting to be helped out of something. It might be interferring with the law!

  • Justice

    Frank Hewett, Ron’s cousin, felt that Ron did better than just good. “Ron Hewett has been the best sheriff Brunswick County has ever had.” Who are you trying to kid???? Ronald Hewett was a sorry excuse for a man, nothing more than a overated coward and one of the worse sheriff’s in the history of Brunswick county. He took credit for arrests he had nothing to do with. He had a God complex. People like cousin Frank made him think he was untouchable. He was not. Hollywood Hewett is now Hasbeen Hewett. Story over. Enjoy your cell Ronnie.

  • southern born

    Why not show your bravery and tell us who you are so that we have a gauge by which to judge what a good man should be.

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