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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former sheriff is speaking out. After serving about a year in prison for obstruction of justice and embezzlement, Ron Hewett is taking aim at people who helped put him there. Hewett also has harsh words for a Brunswick County Commissioner.

Hewett finished serving his sentence for embezzlement and obstruction of justice in January. Since then, hewett has declined multiple interview requests from WWAY. But Monday night he sent us an open letter claiming District Attorney Rex Gore threatened his family.

In the message Hewett wrote: “The obvious question must be ‘Why did you plead guilty?’ The answer is because our soon to be ex-district attorney threatened my family with imprisonment and I did the only honorable thing to protect my family.”

Gore would not comment on the letter.

Hewett went on to criticize Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke and former Capt. Kevin Holden, who was one of several deputies who issued sworn statements against the former sheriff.

“Furthermore, I must also state that I read with amazement, that County Commissioner Marty Cooke actually charged our counties (sic) citizens for a cup of coffee on his way to Raleigh,” Hewett wrote. “You know, I find it very funny, that I not only bought my own food with money from my own pocket, to feed “then” Captain Kevin Holden. Holden later had no problem telling by writing an affidavit that I had asked him ‘What in the world I was under investigation for?'”

We were unable to reach Holden for comment, but Cooke responded to the criticism.

“I’ve always known Sheriff Hewett through the years. I’ve known him for probably 30 years, and we’ve been friends through the years,” Cooke said. “And the only thing I did was I ate breakfast by going through a drive-thru at Port City Java, and I did that or McDonald’s whenever I was going to a meeting in Raleigh or, say, Atlantic Beach or something like that either dealing with terminal groins or wind and hail or taxation or something like that.”

After sending us his e-mail, Hewett again declined our request for an on-camera interview. He wrote he has almost reached “the light at the end of the tunnel” as his probation comes to an end.

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2015 years 11 months ago

RON, Muzzleloading season opens sat,got stands ready,you know how to get in touch. you also know you are always welcome,you are a true friend and they are hard find,come by the FARM sometime

2015 years 11 months ago

The bottom line is, you don’t PLEAD GUILTY to something you “didn’t do”. You wouldn’t need to “protect your family” from something if there was nothing to protect them from. Nobody “does” anything to you, don’t get mad cause you got caught. You can’t just sentence people to jail for the heck of it, if that was the case there would be a lot more people in there then what there is. I do not feel sorry for him or for anyone else in his family. They all just need to let it go.

2015 years 11 months ago

I said it before and will say it again and again. If Ronnie really wants the trust of the public back, he needs to tell all he knows. Starting with the Davina Jones Murder and cover up on Bald Head Island. BTW everyone ,please use your spell check before posting, you Ron Hewett supporters are looking very ignorant with your post!

2015 years 11 months ago

Maybe Ed McMahon will hire Hewett. Seems to be a forgiving nature in New Hanover County so maybe he will fit right in.

2015 years 11 months ago

The quetion has always been on everyone’s mind of why Ronald pleaded guilty. Finally, hearing his side of the story that plea makes sense. To protect one’s family is a basic instinct most all of us have.

We know Ronald as an honorable man and perhaps now true justice will be served. Always rmember, “what goes around, in time, will come around”.


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