Hewson Talks from Behind Bars

NOVEMBER 10, 2005 -- The day after Bob Hewson heard the verdict that will put him away for life, he talked to WECT through bulletproof glass at the New Hanover County Jail.

Hewson was found guilty of the pre-meditated murder of his estranged wife, Gail Tice. He never took the stand in his own defense but says he regrets what happened.

"I loved my wife dearly and I wish she were here now. I am sorry it happened. I don't know the reason to this day why it happened. All I know is that it happened," said Hewson.

In court, Hewson's lawyers argued he didn't plan the attack. Hewson still maintains that's the case, although it took the jury only 90 minutes to decide otherwise.

Hewson says he knows he deserves to be punished, but he says the sentence is too harsh for a 72-year-old man with no criminal history. He repeatedly said he is very unhappy, but day after day as he headed into court he seemed cheerful and made hand gestures to WECT cameras. Reporter Sarah Warlick asked him why.

"I just wanted to try to cheer myself up because the whole world was against me, it seemed," said Hewson.

Hewson still faces a civil suit from Tice's family, and he's not giving up on getting out of jail. He's already filed an appeal.

Reported by Sarah Warlick