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  • 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.


  • 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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  • Former sheriff arrives for federal arraignment

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, together with his wife Julie, and his attorney W. Douglas Parsons, arrived at the federal courthouse in Raleigh just after 8 a.m. today.

    Hewett is scheduled to appear for arraignment before U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt on a federal charge of obstruction of justice.

    Hewett is expected to enter a plea agreement during court proceedings.

    Check back regularly for updates as they happen.

  • Former sheriff pleads guilty to federal charge

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

    As part of a plea agreement signed in U.S. District Court, Hewett pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice before U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt.

    Hewett was charged with obstruction of justice on May 8.

  • Hewett's plea agreement scheduled

    A plea agreement will be presented Monday morning at former sheriff Ronald Hewett's arraignment in federal court.

    According to court documents, a plea agreement will be presented regarding Hewett's felony obstruction of justice charge.

    Hewett was charged with one count of felony obstruction of justice May 8, when criminal information was filed in U.S. District Court.

    The charge is directly related to the federal investigation into Hewett.