Hewett's plea agreement scheduled

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

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.

The U.S. Attorney charges that Hewett, “did corruptly endeavor to influence, obstruct and impede the due administration of justice, specifically, a federal grand jury investigation into allegations of corruption of his office as sheriff of Brunswick County.”

The charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said a plea agreement is not final until the judge—in this case U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt—signs it.

During Hewett’s arraignment Monday, which must be done in open court, Hewett will receive a copy of the criminal information; he will be read the criminal information; he will be advised of the charges; and will be asked to plead to the criminal information.

The Beacon will have a reporter at Hewett’s arraignment on June 2.

Check the Beacon’s Web site, www.brunswickbeacon.com, for information as it is made available.