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.


  • becca7138 says:

    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!

  • Andrea says:

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

  • GRR says:

    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.

  • olivia says:

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

  • carol cox says:

    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.

  • puddingtang says:

    Hollywood has been a crook for many years A pill poplin booze swilin back behind the scenes killing bastard his cronies still work at the sheriff department so it is still crooked

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    Felons in possession of firearms is an everyday occurrence in Creekwood and downtown Wilmington. It’s like a traffic ticket for them. Virtually every criminal written about on this website has multiple convictions of this sort…and they USE their weapons. They don’t make a big deal of that, why make one of this?

    And what difference does it make if the weapon were manufactured in NC or not? Not a silly little bit. A firearm is a firearm.

  • Fire Dog says:

    As a former LEO the fool knew better! But then again maybe
    he thought he was above the law because “he’s done his time. No breaks for him this time Judges

  • burgerboy says:

    I defeinetly am not no supporter of old ronny hollyweird hewett cause he’s a democrat libber trashbag but they should leave that old man alone and not pester him abot having a gun to defend himself with, you know half the thugs in this county would want to whomp him up for puttin them in jail, and the ATF goes after him when u know there’s 5,000 THUGS running around in wilmington with illegal weapons who go around robbing ppl at gunpoint and they don’t do nothing about THAT thanks to them libbers, THANKS A LOT DIANNE FIENSTIENBURG AND BORAK HEUSSEIN MOOJAMBO OBOMO!!!

  • Huber Hanes, says:

    Its my understanding, that the Federal Government has what called : A Relief of Disability — which is applicable to convicted Felons to be elegible/allowed to purchase a firearm. If Hewett had on done this — maybe he’d not be back now in the court systems.

  • fade says:

    Guess what you think ronald a bad guy?No th he bad guys are running Brunswick County now..What about all the gang members?How many lifes was lost because of these gang bangers?From the looks of things you try run ronald life how about save the young men/womans life lock these gang banger up that causing so much pain?

  • Jersey says:

    Do these officers have to pass mental health evaluations periodically? So we know they are bad boys….And who is seeking publicity now? Every news outlet and plastered this story across every medium. He’s NOT on the FBI most wanted list yet they are acting like they’ve arrested a real desperado. Scary!

  • Allen Ketchum says:

    Keep his fat ass in jail until he tells about the cover up in the murder of police officer Davina Jones at Bald Head.

  • smh says:

    Its ignorant comments like this that give the liberals the upper hand. you can’t even spell the presidents name right and your message is rendered useless thanks to your “political input”. Please educate yourself and do something positive for the republican party instead of giving people more reasons not to take us seriously.

  • smh says:

    Its ignorant comments like this that give the liberals the upper hand. you can’t even spell the presidents name right and your message is rendered useless thanks to your “political input”. Please educate yourself and do something positive for the republican party instead of giving people more reasons not to take us seriously.

  • Guest2020 says:

    It’s news because he is a disgraced politician.

  • cmauze says:

    That’s “high school,” “Miss Hewitt”(sp?), “because,” “you,” and “Shallotte Middle.” Good thing your “great career,” whatever it may be, doesn’t require you to write using proper capitalization and spell out your words correctly. Maybe someone *Needed* to “give you hell” in order to try and get you to take your education seriously…did you ever consider that? Too bad you apparently weren’t receptive.

    As for the DARE philosophy, I have always believed that to be based on a faulty foundation, incompatible with Christian teaching regarding the autonomy of the individual and honoring one’s parents and other adult authority figures; and have expressed as much in the past. I cannot address ex-Sheriff Hewett’s competence, expertise or familiarity with it, however. That someone could later still fall prey to the lure of alcohol and drugs after witnessing the consequences of substance abuse so up-close and personal on practically a daily basis through his job, only evidences how extremely powerful, dangerous and deceptive these things are. Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

  • summer says:

    Thanks for your concern about my well being,to answer your question,yes i did graduate highschool and i have a great career. But this isn’t about me or my grammar.lol i hope this isn’t miss hewitt,cus u did give me hell in shallotte middle.

  • cmauze says:

    Since when was struggling with one’s weight a crime? Try to put yourselves in another’s shoes for a moment, instead of throwing around witty insults. A man died here—show some modicum of respect for the departed and his grieving family.

  • guesty says:

    Doesn’t look like he has missed any meals.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    He would make the perfect “WeighWatchers” candidate!

  • lonetraveler says:

    Maybe some coward has come forward to expose his possible cover-up of the murder of the young, female police officer on Bald Head Island?

  • zenobia says:

    If Hollywood Hewitt had been involved in something that dramatic I’d be more surprised that he hasn’t already narrated it to us in the style of Bulwer-Lytton(“it was a dark and stormy night….”)

  • Guesteasy says:

    He looks like hell.

  • Sarah Miller says:

    Ronald what are you doing?!
    I will be awaiting more details as the story unfolds.

  • summer says:

    This man was my DARE teacher at shallotte middle,what a big waste of time . We never seen this coming in the 6th grade, had us kids fooled. O’well afterwhile crocodile.

  • anonymous reader says:

    Looks like your education was a waste of time, did you graduate from High School? Don’t blame it on the teacher at Shallotte Middle School, you have to have the individual will and interest to learn and pay attention. Take responsibility for yourself, don’t blame the teachers or school system. I do believe they still teach “spelling and grammar” in school. Looks like you missed all those classes too!

  • Unaffiliated Voter says:

    betting yes…

    (SE NC is full of ‘em…many democrackkks are criminals…have been
    for decades…they destroyed NC for the past 140 years…)

  • beachtime5 says:

    What is really sad is people like you who rant about how a person votes. (They own a gun illegally, they are dems)(they want to take our guns away, they must be dems)

    Hate to break it to you, both parties do stupid stuff but what I find even more gross is someone who hunts down a story and because they are not capable of a debate that requires brain cells they say (he must be a Democrat or a Rep). Grow up, be an adult.

  • holiday4ever says:

    I bet you also blame murders, crime, drugs on the democratic party also, don’t you? I bet you believe alot about this party but your eyes are closed on the other. Best post was on facebook tonight on a local news. They posted the Ford recall and a man made the great Obama comment how our bailout for Ford waisted money… I felt kinda bad for the guy after he was informed to drop Fox News because Ford never received any money… haters

  • davidlarns says:

    A North Carolina Republican county commissioner who ran on a platform of small government and fiscal responsibility was arrested last week when police found him passed out in his vehicle in the middle of an intersection.

    According to the Associated Press, this is Brian Berger’s fourth arrest on charges of driving under the influence, domestic violence or drug possession since being elected to the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in 2010.

  • best says:

    I had very limited dealings with Ron Hewitt, but what I had, he was professional. I don’t know what all he is/was in to, but I will assure you that whatever it was/is, there is a lot worse going on in Brunswick County that Ron Hewitt ever dared to , by other elected officials. They have just successfully covered their behinds…………so far.

  • zenobia says:

    And Brunswick has nothing on Columbus, but no investigation will ever crack that nut.

  • WannabeX says:

    Sounds like Sheriff Ed… He has too successfully covered his and others behinds……….. So far

  • u know whooo says:

    he followed us home after a hurricane because the TV crew from ABC was with us. He wanted so bad to get in front of the camera. They didn’t use any footage he apeared in.

  • martin says:

    This is getting creepy…………..what difference does it make where the gun (or table) was manufactured? Geez……..what a bunch of dung.

  • guesty says:

    Those big ole mean ATF agents shouldn’t do the job they are paid to do. Are you really that dense? First he is a convicted felon so he can’t be around guns and second since the gun was made out of state, that brings up Interstate Commerce and that is federal territory.

    Use your head for more than a place to keep a hat.

  • Guest2020 says:

    It matters because if a crime crosses state lines, then the federal government can claim jurisdiction.

  • In order for the possession of a firearm by a felon to be prosecuted in federal court, the firearm must have travelled in “interstate commerce”. That is the reason that the authorities always put in the indictment that the firearm was manufactured out of the state of NC. If it was made elsewhere, and ended up here, it had to have travelled in interstate commerce. That meets one of the elements of the crime for it to be a federal offense. There have not been commercially manufactured firearms from NC for a very, very long time.

  • Citizen Jason says:

    If someone is a convicted felon. It is illegal for them to possess a gun. Dummy.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    That doesn’t mean it traveled in “interstate commerce” while in Hewett’s possession. Sounds like a bunch of Federal “legaleaze” basket law intended to trap anyone, anywhere at their whim. Every gun in NC over the past 20 years has gotten here through “interstate commerce”.
    Now, if he went and purchased a gun out of state and brought it here without it being under the transfer of an FFL dealer, that’s fully illegal and understandable. In that case the seller will also be in a big bucket of hot water: One for selling a firearm to a convicted felon and Two, illegal interstate commerce with a firearm.

  • zenobia says:

    Thanks for clarifying about interstate commerce and guns. Interstate commerce laws are the same thing that makes cannabis illegal.
    Its a very stupid way to criminalize a plant, and an odd way to regulate firearms.

  • martin says:

    Unless they have had their head in the sand, everyone knows that possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is a crime, moron. I was simply questioning what the “not made in NC” was all about. However, this has since been answered………thanks.

  • GuestofWhenit'snolongerfunny says:

    Happy now?

  • Guest2020 says:

    I agree that a criminal is a criminal regardless of political affiliations, but in this case the other fella is correct. Hewett ran as a democrat.

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