Former Brunswick County sheriff faces federal gun-possession charge

From staff reportsJuly 10, 2014 

— Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett, convicted of obstruction of justice in 2008, was arrested at his house Wednesday on a federal charge of illegally having a handgun and other firearms because he is a felon.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies went into Hewett’s home at 1411 Holden Beach Road in Supply after getting a federal search warrant and found a .38-caliber revolver in a bedside table, ATF Special Agent Chad Nesbit said in an affidavit supporting the charge.

He wrote that the agents also found “multiple firearms,” but specified only the pistol.

ATF did not disclose what prompted agents to ask for the warrant.

Hewett was arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Wilmington and held pending further proceedings, court spokesman Don Connelly said.

The federal charge says that the gun also had to have been moved in interstate commerce because it is a Smith & Wesson. Those are not made in North Carolina.

Hewett pleaded guilty in June 2008 to federal obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

After his federal conviction, he was given a suspended state sentence for one count of obstructing justice in 2006 and three counts of embezzlement in 2005, state records showed.

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