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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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49 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: County leaders react to Hewett’s email"

2015 years 9 months ago

Ron, I read your letter, and it sounds as though you are nothing more than bitter. Bitter against those who taped your conversations of ‘proof’ that you were irrational in your thinking and otherwise. Several of your own deputies stated that you would show up to calls with the smell of alcohol on your breath. You’re right, no one had a chemical or blood analysis to determine as such, but then again DO NOT attempt to exonerate yourself in an open letter forum. How incredulous you are to attempt that. My God man, you were, at that time, the Sheriff of Brunswick County. You have already admitted you had a prescription problem and evidently an alcohol problem as well.

I read your letter as nothing more than a whiny baby reaching out to whatever is left of your ‘friends’ to further attempt to extort your ‘side of the story’ as the ‘innocent convicted’.

Ronald, it’s sad your life became what it did. You started off well, as Sheriff, you did many great things for the county, no denying that, but, as a human, you stumbled, it’s ok, we’re all human and we all take stumbling blocks along life’s path. However, your letter clearly indicates you’re still stumbling and have not yet realized the error of your ways. Your attempt to use that letter to gain sympathy only further shows you have a very long way to go.

My suggestion, should you read this is stay out of the limelight and the camera’s spotlight. NO ONE is interested in Ronald Hewitt, Retired Sheriff of Brunswick County anymore.

2015 years 9 months ago

and support, on here, for a convicted felon who’s job it was to uphold the law, help to reiterate why NC and the country is in the state of distress and why brunswick county still has that podunk reputation. What makes it even worse is trying to decipher what some of you are trying to say with the poor use of the english language. are/our their/there It is as pathetic as Hewett criticizing others through emails rather then opening stating his griefs and defending them openly.

2015 years 9 months ago

You go Ron!!! I believe in you!!! your mental state is fine!!!!
Get them crooked people!!! You were a great sheriff!!! Bring rex, marty, and that pansy kevin holden down!!!!!!!!!! they brought you down and sold you out!

keep the faith

2015 years 9 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 9 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!


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