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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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79 Comments on "Former Brunswick Co. Sheriff Ron Hewett dies in jail"

2015 years 10 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.

Joe Bob
2015 years 10 months ago

It is a sad day, and it is thought provoking that one can lead a brilliant life and then let a few bad judgement calls write an ending to what would have been a very positive history. I am sure there is no conspiracy, and once the investigation is done it will be a natural causes death ruling. There are conspiracies afoot every time someone dies in custody, but most of the time there is nothing to them, and the findings back that up. I hope and pray his family finds peace now that his fight is over. Don’t let a mistake or two ruin your own story people, learn from this. Tell the truth, and if you stray from the straight and narrow do not try to cover it up. This man’s battle is over, we all know God can forgive a mistake quicker than people will.

guest 1980
2015 years 10 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

2015 years 10 months ago

I just read the letter from Ron’s long time friend explaining Ron’s downfall with alcohol and drugs. This friend didn’t put the blame on anyone but alcohol and drugs. What he said made sense. Alcohol has destroyed many and many a person and family. It has always made me furious that the laws went after a smoker yet does nothing to the people who hit the bars at noon, drink all afternoon then get out in rush hour traffic when people are going home from work. Alcohol is a demon to any and all who abuse it, as Ron did. Why doesn’t someone sue alcohol makers and distributors like they did cigarettes? It’s a shame the he was one of the millions who get addicted to the drink and destroyed his life.

2015 years 10 months ago

i have known ronald hewett since he started the dare program in the schools. he was always nice to me and my family.always joking and giving hugs smiling thumbs up.he has 14 years as a vet of sheriff for brunswick county. they need to get to the bottom of what really happened and dont lie about it.all the inforecments need to stop and think if yall wouldnt in the group it could be yall right now in the same situation.the governor needs to get behind it and help support this to get answers on it.and as far as cleaning his yard he was only letting the inmates do free community services. ronald would have your back and return calls back like he would say he would do.sheriff ingram needs to speak out and help to get answers on what happened to.ronalds done a lot of good for brunswick county like getting the drugs off of the streets.


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