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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — US Marshals confirm that former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has died in jail at the New Hanover County Jail.

It happened around 2 p.m.

Sheriff Ed McMahon in partnership with the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office has requested the State Bureau of Investigation to conduct the investigation in accordance to their standard operating procedures.

Hewett made his initial court appearance in federal court in Wilmington Thursday to face a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. ATF agents arrested him Wednesday after executing a search warrant at Hewett’s Supply home and reportedly finding several firearms. Hewett is a felon after pleading guilty in 2008 to a federal obstruction of justice charge and state embezzlement charges earning him a 16-month sentence in federal prison.

Hewett arrived in court shackled at the hands and feet wearing a yellow golf shirt and camouflage shorts after spending the night in the Brunswick County Jail, which he oversaw during his 17 years as sheriff.

During the hearing Hewett repeatedly turned around to look at the reporters gathered in the courtroom, where no cameras are allowed. As he left court, Hewett looked toward his family and told them, “I love you.”

Hewett was due back in court this Friday for a probable cause and detention hearing, as federal prosecutors said they wanted to keep him in custody.

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Jersey Greg
2016 years 2 months ago

Steve C. – A very WELL STATED, ELOQUENT and ARTICULATE comment. Clearly,…you are an educated and well-groomed individual. Those who read my reply to you, who perhaps are not “on par” with where I’m coming from,….just won’t “get it”, so there’s no sense/point in me trying to defend my presumptuousness. I’m from Jersey, so with the exception of the most recent incident(s) surrounding your cousin, Sheriff Hewett, admittedly, I don’t know much about the back-story. With that being said, I think that virtually EVERYTHING which you touched on in your comment(s) is truth/fact/inarguable. Sadly, in… Read more »

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guest 1980
2016 years 2 months ago

Yea it looked like they protected him alright……..If no gun was used, then a persons rights should not be taken away…..if pedo’s and rapists were locked up or done away with like they should be you wouldn’t have to worry about them after there crimes….but I’m guessing that’s inhumane…..and the drug dealers don’t really bother me because its a shame that street dope is safer than your local MD ,CVS and Walgreen dope….but the government says that kind of dope is OK so I don’t know what I’m thinking

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

How could you even think of voting for someone who broke the trust of the people he was serving? I have nothing personal against the man and I am sorry that he is dead, but there is no way I would have ever voted for him after the crimes he committed.

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

It wasn’t Brunswick County that arrested Hewett. It was the federal government. Therefore, your double standard theory doesn’t hold water in this case.

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

In order for slander to occur a lie has to be told. Ronald Hewett was a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty. Mr. Walters told no lies.

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