Escape suspect’s brother denied bond reduction

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Submitted: Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:37pm By:

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — A Southport man accused of helping his brother escape from jail will not have his bond reduced.

A judge this afternoon denied Curtis Hewett’s request to reduce his bond from $750,000 for a charge of aiding and abetting his brother William’s escape from the Brunswick County Jail Jan. 29.

Curtis Hewett’s attorney Dustin Sullivan argued Curtis deserved a reduced bond because he was an unwitting participant in the escape and that other relatives charged in the case had been allowed to plead out to misdemeanors or get unsecured bonds.

But a prosecutor said while Hewett claims his brother took his jail armband after Curtis took it off to sleep and knew nothing of his brother’s plan, the investigation found that William had told another inmate of his plot to use Curtis’s identity to get out and take his pregnant girlfriend to South Carolina. The ADA also said William threatened to kill himself if he could not get out. The prosecutor said she has offered an agreement to let Curtis plea as charged, but did not plan to offer a misdemeanor plea deal.

The Hewetts’ mother Katherine Carter pleaded guilty Feb. 23 to misdemeanor charges of accessory after the fact and harboring a fugitive, while prosecutors dropped a felony escape charge. She is serving a 45-day sentence. Deputies found William Hewett in a camper behind Carter’s home near Southport four days after the alleged escape.

Carter’s husband Earl Carter and the Hewetts’ uncle Robby Hewett both pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor counts of accessory after the fact in exchange for the state dropping felony charges of harboring an escapee. The men were sentenced to 20 and 12 days time served respectively.

Curtis Hewett was in jail the day of his brother’s alleged escape because of an assault on a female charge, which has since been dismissed. His attorney says he has been held in segregated custody since the day of the alleged escape and has not had any contact with anyone outside of jail. A prosecutor says the jail wants him away from the general population because of his alleged role in helping someone escape.

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