UPDATE: Hewett supporters won’t release their side of the story

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Submitted: Sat, 08/23/2014 - 3:41am
Updated: Sat, 08/23/2014 - 4:02pm

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Ron Hewett supporters held a public meeting Friday night that was not so public.

A Leland man put together an event to tell what he says is the truth behind the former Brunswick County Sheriff’s death. Earlier today, Ronnie Lewis told us Hewett’s death was “help gone wrong” and the video released by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is depicted incorrectly.

Lewis made a Facebook group right after Hewett’s death in the New Hanover County Jail. It’s called “Justice for Sheriff Ronald Hewett.” Then he began posting about an event to “get the truth out about what happened to Hewett.”

The event posting says, “Our meeting with the public and all of our supporters will be held this Friday at the Leland Park.”

When we showed up at the public park to hear Lewis’s side of the story, we were told it was not to be televised.

“I hope that camera is not recording,” Lewis said.

Lewis went on to describe the last few days of Hewett’s life. Lewis said the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office released video that was depicted the way they wanted it to be. Lewis would not let us record any of these comments. He said it was out of respect for Hewett’s family.

A New Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman declined to comment on the movement.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Seems Mr. Lewis is wise to discourage the media which traditionally sides with authorities involved. Since in the initial one-hour press conference video (which has been removed from the internet), authorities described Ronald Hewett’s death as homicide, then there should be a federal investigation. Mr. Lewis should be applauded as one who has the courage to stand his ground facing the adversity of the press and cronies of the involved LE community. This case should go beyond S.B.I. and local investigations because Mr. Hewett was detained, and in federal custody.

2015 years 8 months ago

How often is a male or female prisoner allowed to frequent the halls of a jail in his/her undergarments? Why didn’t authorities show the sections of tape or audio before and immediately after the cell door was open? Was Mr. Hewett’s mother or any other visitor denied visitation? Was Mr. Hewett allowed at least one phone call? How long was the period of time between the time of arrest and actual incarceration? What happened during that period? Why wasn’t Mr. Hewett incarcerated in the same county where the crime occurred? Were the guns in his possession in his name? If not, to whom were they registered? Mr. Hewett was a high-profile prisoner and his story was well known to the area. Were the jailers aware that he had alcohol addiction or heart problems, and that the use of tasers or stun guns may jeopardize his health? When he was held down on the floor was his mouth and nose pressed to the floor prohibiting him from breathing? Was the blood really from his hand? If he was in federal custody, in the custody of U.S. Marshals, then it should be mandatory that the federal government has its own investigation to protect other potential federal prisoners that might be held within that, or any other facility. There are more questions, these are just a few the Federal Government might consider.
Responding to cruel, hate-filled comments made here, Mr. Hewett didn’t “get what he wanted” nor did he “get what he deserved.” We do know he didn’t want his family threatened by Rex Gore because he wrote that story about his guilty plea to the news media. He wrote that the threats were the reason for his guilty plea–– to protect his family.
“Crazy” might define a couple jail guards who let prisoners run around the halls half naked, and use tasers on a man’s bare skin. “Crazy” might define putting up an hour long video that rules homicide and then taking it down.
I don’t believe “crazy” properly defines any American Citizen who expresses concern when the system has failed to act professionally and with regard for protecting human life and dignity. In the case of Ronald Hewett, it appears New Hanover officials and those who were involved in his arrest and incarceration did neither.

2015 years 8 months ago

If he was experiencing the DTs and did not receive proper medical treatment then he died of neglect, not murder
“The hallmark of major withdrawal is alcohol hallucinations, which occurs 10-72 hours after the last drink, and may last for two days. The symptoms can appear as frank psychosis. Up to 25% of alcohol dependent individuals in withdrawal will have alcoholic hallucinations, which can be visual, tactile and/or auditory. They hear accusatory or threatening voices”

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2015 years 8 months ago

Ronald told several people he was being watched every minute. I’d like to know who was watching him, was it the illegal gambling people, the illegal drug people or the mafia that has moved into so many areas. Was it people he arrested or was it people he ran against in politics. Funny how he stood up and protected people all those years and when it came time nobody was there for him. The government even took away his ability to protect himself. Best thing he could have done was leave the area, wiped the dust off his feet and never looked back. He does not have to be afraid for himself or his family any more. R.I.P. Ronald Hewett you were loved and respected by a lot of people that wish they could have told you that before you died. Anybody with bad comments needs to walk just one mile in Ronald’s moccasins before they ever make another nasty statement. Every sheriff in this country ought to look at the facts about the life and death of Ronald Hewett.

2015 years 8 months ago

Mr Hewitt’s documented history of alcohol problems is most relevant to his treatment in the hours and days BEFORE the final incident. The appropriate intervention could perhaps have been made at an early stage considering how well known those problems evidently were.

Grounds for a Federal Investigation would be if Mr Hewitt was denied his legal or constitutional rights in some way (or any way, in fact) whilst in custody (USC 18 section 241), or if the manner or circumstances of his arrest by Federal Agents and remand to custody were improper.