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William Earl Hewett
William Earl Hewett

The man who escaped from the Brunswick County jail and led law enforcement on a five-day manhunt in January is scheduled to appear in court this week.

William Hewett, 22, is scheduled to enter a plea on Wednesday in Brunswick County Superior Court, according to court records. Hewett escaped from the Brunswick County jail at about 4 p.m. Jan. 29, when he reportedly switched arm bands with his brother, Curtis Hewett, who was set to be bonded out, according to Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram.

On Feb. 3, sheriff’s deputies stormed what was described as a “family compound” off Trails End Drive in Southport, where they arrested William Earl Hewett and several family members.

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Hewett has been charged with escaping from a county jail, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, flee to elude arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of marijuana in connection with his escape. He’s also on Wednesday’s court calendar for pending charges of burning personal property and injury to personal property.

Several family members, including Curtis Hewett, were arrested and charged with assisting in his escape, according to court records. Most of those who were charged have pleaded guilty or had their charges dismissed.

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Caroline Curran is the managing editor of Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6336 or On Twitter: @cgcurran