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Former sheriff a free man again

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Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett is once again a free man. Hewett served the final day of his sentence after pleading guilty to a federal charge of obstruction of justice in 2008. It's the end of a nearly two year saga that saw a popular lawman fall from grace.

Since being named the youngest sheriff in the state when he started serving at age 31, Hewett has traveled a long road. After pleading guilty to obstruction of justice Hewett was sentenced to 16-months in a federal prison. In October Hewett was released from Butner Federal Corrections with time off for good behavior. He spent the last few months at a half way house and is now free to return to his home near supply.

"Oh, it's just an answer to prayers for this day to come," Hewett's aunt Irene Holden said. "We're just so happy that the Lord has blessed us that he has come back and now can be with us the rest of his days and our days."

Hewett's family says while in prison, Hewett received an outpouring of support from the community he once served. Most Brunswick County residents we spoke with today say Hewett has served his time, and they hope he can move on.

Hewett is working part time for Brunswick County developer Mark Saunders. Hewett worked for the company before heading off to prison. A spokesperson for the company says they are happy to have him back.

We tried to reach Hewett today, but he did not return our calls.

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Two of a kind

From the story: "Hewett is working part time for Brunswick County developer Mark Saunders."

I guess one convicted criminal and one yet to be convicted in business together. What could go wrong there??

Good luck

You paid your dues and I hope that you have learned from all this. I pray you have learned to become a humble man, and will treat others with the same respect you used to demand. You can not ask people to be loyal if you do not return the favor. I hope your time behind bars has given you a chance to reflect on these matters. I will say a prayer for you. Good luck with the rest of your life.

GOD BLESS Ron Hewett

I pray every day for you and your family and for DA Rex Gore who is helping me get closure for the HOMICIDE of my daughter Carla Lea Painter Bussard on 9-5-2006. I thank all the people who is praying for my family and my identical twin Glenda Campbell Goedde. Ron I want to meet you and your family some day. Write me Linda Lou Campbell 244 Ohatchee Rd Huntsville AL 35811 and each day is a PRESENT. Take care of you and your families and all your friends are praying for you to survive. GOD has a plan for you and all of us.