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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A day after New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon talked about the death of Ron Hewett in his jail Saturday, McMahon’s political challenger is speaking out.

Republican Jason Vaughn says Hewett did not receive correct treatment according to standard protocol, and that circumstances like those surrounding his death are caused by the inexperience of the deputies assigned to the jail.

“This is a tragedy,” Vaughn said. “It’s not something that needs to be politicized by any means. I would like to offer any expertise I can to assist, but certainly my heart goes out to his family and his friends based on this tragic end of his life.”

Vaughn says deaths in jail like Hewett’s can also result in public mistrust, lawsuits and large settlements. Those are problems he says can be solved by having an attorney on staff.

“A good man has lost his life and family members are hurting,” McMahon said in an e-mailed statement responding to Vaughn’s claims. “Tragedy should never be used as an opportunity for political gain, and I will not be a part of that. May God wrap his arms around the family and friends of Sheriff Hewitt and give them comfort during this time.”

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32 Comments on "Sheriff candidate says Hewett’s death from lack of experience, procedure in jail"

Wilmingon Truth Teller
2015 years 10 months ago

This mudslinging lawyer, politician, wants to fill the shoes of good Christian Law Enforcement Southeastern NC Sheriffs. Like Ron Hewitt, John Ingram, Sonny Lanier, and Ed McMahon. Maybe this paper waving lawyer, needs to go back to California.

2015 years 10 months ago

Jason Vaughn even if I had planned on voting for you, it is a lost vote now. To step up and try and gain publicity now while Mr. Hewlett’s family is grieving is beyond belief. Shows you are an ultimate politician and will use anything to try and get a vote. This most likely is going to backfire big time. Shame of you!

2015 years 10 months ago

Very sad that a families loss is used for political gain. Vaughn needs to be ashamed of his actions and comments. An apology to the family would be the right thing to do.

2015 years 10 months ago

I am a Republican. I am voting outside of my party for Sheriff Ed McMahon in New Hanover County. I went to watch the extended version of the video released here that shows no such truth that the people here are rookies or followed improper protocol in the jail. This video shows everything; an agitated former sheriff that is swinging constantly to assault and fight deputies, chasing after, assaulting and throwing punches for an extended period of time at a whole group of deputies. You can see all of the heads start to appear in the windows of all of the other cells to watch him chasing and punching the deputies for an extended period after he was tased just once. Why would Jason Vaughn want or try to mislead people about the jail when the people can easily see what the cameras show is not rookies or inexperienced deputies? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds56hkTegGQ

for real
2015 years 10 months ago

Disgraceful that Mr. Vaughn was given the opportunity to speak on this at all and that it was broadcast! How does he have so much information? Definitely a political move against E. McMahon. Very low. I wouldn’t vote for him now if he was running against Bugs Bunny.


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