UPDATE: Former Sheriff Ron Hewett jailed on federal weapon charge

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Submitted: Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:03am
Updated: Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:35pm

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett is back behind bars after being accused of possessing a firearm as a felon.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court shows Hewett is charged with possession of a firearm which has previously traveled in interstate or foreign commerce after having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

According to the complaint, the ATF executed a warrant at Hewett's Holden Beach Road home in Supply today and found multiple firearms, including a .38 revolver that was not manufactured in North Carolina in a bedside table. The complaint says Hewett's girlfriend was at the home when the warrant was served and that she told agents none of the firearms in the house were hers.

Hewett, 51, was booked into the Brunswick County Jail this afternoon on a federal detainer, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, which referred all requests for information to the US Attorney's Office.

A spokesman for the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said he could not comment on an ongoing investigation. He said information cannot be released until a defendant makes a first court appearance. Court records show Hewett is due in federal court in Wilmington tomorrow morning.

Hewett was released from federal prison in October 2009 after pleading guilty in 2008 to a federal obstruction of justice charge. He also pleaded guilty to three state embezzlement charges in October 2008.

Two decades ago Hewett became the youngest sheriff in the state at age 31. He served in that office until a judge removed him from office and Hewett later resigned amid a host of corruption allegations.

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46 Comments on "UPDATE: Former Sheriff Ron Hewett jailed on federal weapon charge"

2015 years 8 months ago

No….the disgrace is those that claim to uphold the law and don’t have anything better to do with their time but seek attention in the same way they got attention about 4 years ago. ‘LOOK’ there’s a story, local dog rolls over and kills a flea! Admit it, you wanna be tough guys in Brunswick County have no real crime fighting to do but to rehash the past and harass with no class!

2015 years 8 months ago

I thought they were going to say he robbed the food lion…….

2015 years 8 months ago

I know the law and understand that a convicted felon is not supposed to own a firearm. My question is why all of a sudden did they preform the search at his residence all of a sudden. I’m quite sure that there are many, many more felons in the county that own guns as well and are quite more dangerous that Ronald is. Why aren’t the ATF knocking on their doors and hauling them in. I’m certain I will get bombarded by smart a@@ comments on here but the truth is the truth. Yeah he did the crime and he has paid his debt to society. He paid dearly for his crimes.

2015 years 8 months ago

Still doesn’t make him any less of a bad guy, and obviously not keeping any other bad people off the streets.

carol cox
2015 years 8 months ago

He locked up more drug dealers than most officers do now. Wtf cares where the gun was made or where it was sitting. Did he try to run? No. Did he try to use? No. Maybe he was using it for protection against all the enemies he made when he was employed. IDK but the reporters suck here. Who cares where the gun was at and where it was made honestly.