A man who pleaded guilty to helping his brother escape from the Brunswick County Jail is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
Curtis Hewett, 21, pleaded guilty in April to assisting in the escape of his brother, William Hewett, from the Brunswick County Jail on Jan. 29. He was given a prayer for judgment, and was originally scheduled to be sentenced last week.
Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis ordered that the case be continued so that Curtis Hewett could undergo a general evaluation, according to Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage. The evaluation would help Lewis determine Curtis Hewett’s sentence, Turnage said.
William Hewett, 22, escaped when he reportedly switched arm bands with Curtis Hewett, who was set to be bonded out of the Brunswick County Jail, 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.
William Hewett pleaded guilty to escaping from a county jail, felony fleeing to elude arrest and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, July 8 in Brunswick County Superior Court. As part of his Alford plea–meaning he admits no guilt but acknowledges he will be sentenced as if he were guilty–charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of marijuana, burning personal property and injury to personal property were dismissed. He was sentenced to more than two years in the N.C. Department of Corrections.
Several other family members who were arrested and charged with assisting in William Hewett’s escape have pleaded guilty or had their charges dismissed.
Curtis Hewett is scheduled to appear in Brunswick County Superior Court on Sept. 15.
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