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.