UPDATE: Former Sheriff Ron Hewett jailed on federal weapon charge
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett is back behind bars after being accused of possessing a firearm as a felon.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court shows Hewett is charged with possession of a firearm which has previously traveled in interstate or foreign commerce after having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
According to the complaint, the ATF executed a warrant at Hewett's Holden Beach Road home in Supply today and found multiple firearms, including a .38 revolver that was not manufactured in North Carolina in a bedside table. The complaint says Hewett's girlfriend was at the home when the warrant was served and that she told agents none of the firearms in the house were hers.
Hewett, 51, was booked into the Brunswick County Jail this afternoon on a federal detainer, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, which referred all requests for information to the US Attorney's Office.
A spokesman for the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said he could not comment on an ongoing investigation. He said information cannot be released until a defendant makes a first court appearance. Court records show Hewett is due in federal court in Wilmington tomorrow morning.
Hewett was released from federal prison in October 2009 after pleading guilty in 2008 to a federal obstruction of justice charge. He also pleaded guilty to three state embezzlement charges in October 2008.
Two decades ago Hewett became the youngest sheriff in the state at age 31. He served in that office until a judge removed him from office and Hewett later resigned amid a host of corruption allegations.