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  • Hewett to go to prison

    Includes video

    RALEIGH—Whatever he does, Ronald Hewett makes history.

    When the clock struck midnight on his 20th birthday, he was sworn in as a Holden Beach police officer.

    In 1994, at the age of 31, Hewett was sworn in as the youngest sheriff in North Carolina.

    Then in 2008, Hewett became the second Brunswick County sheriff to plead guilty or to be convicted of a federal charge.

  • Former sheriff to plea to state charges

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison for a federal obstruction of justice charge Monday, will enter a plea on his four pending state charges Oct. 13.

    A Brunswick County grand jury indicted Hewett on March 31 on three counts of embezzlement by a public official and one count of obstruction of justice. He is expected to enter a plea on all four charges.

    Had be been convicted of the four state charges, Hewett faced up to 17 years in prison.

  • Supporters, opponents split over former county sheriff's legacy

    While some prominent county figures have rallied behind Ronald Hewett, some Hewett opponents were quick to share their discontent with the former sheriff Monday in Raleigh. 

    Prior to Hewett’s sentencing, several community members, friends and some county officials wrote letters to U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt in support of Hewett, urging leniency in his sentencing. More supporters attended Hewett’s sentencing Monday, including county commissioner Phil Norris, Shallotte Alderman Alan Lewis and more than a dozen other supporters, family and friends.

  • Hewett to go to prison

    RALEIGH—Whatever he does, Ronald Hewett makes history.

    When the clock struck midnight on his 20th birthday, he was sworn in as a Holden Beach police officer.

    In 1994, at the age of 31, Hewett was sworn in as the youngest sheriff in North Carolina.

    Then in 2008, Hewett became the second Brunswick County sheriff to plead guilty or to be convicted of a federal charge.

    On Monday, Hewett was the third North Carolina sheriff sentenced to federal prison this year.

  • Ronald Hewett Criminal Case Judgment

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  • Former sheriff finally takes responsibility

    After years of doing things the wrong way, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett took a step in the right direction Monday afternoon.

    Standing before peers, friends, family, attorneys—and some naysayers—Hewett publicly addressed the charge he had criminally obstructed justice in a federal investigation into his tenure as Brunswick County Sheriff.

    Before U.S. District Judge Earl Britt, Hewett said he takes “full responsibility” for his actions.

    Finally.

  • Former sheriff pleads guilty

    RALEIGH—After proclaiming his innocence for just shy of one year, former sheriff Ronald Hewett proclaimed his guilt in federal court Monday morning.

    Since first being subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on June 7, 2007, Hewett has maintained he did not know the scope or the nature of the investigation—and his innocence.

    But Monday morning Hewett admitted to not only knowing the scope of the investigation, but also to interfering with it.

  • Hewett faces up to 10 years in prison, can never hold public office again

    Any hopes of a political comeback were derailed with the stroke of a pen.

    When former sheriff Ronald Hewett signed his eight-page plea agreement, he surrendered his right to ever hold public office again.

    Hewett pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of felony obstruction of justice.

    As a convicted felon, Hewett can no longer vote, serve on a jury, own a firearm or hold public office.

  • Ronald Hewett's federal plea agreement

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  • Ronald Hewett's waiver of indictment

    See the waiver of indictment against Ronald Hewett.

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