Lexington, N.C. — For 10 years, Gerald Hege was arguably one of the most well-known sheriffs in the country.
From his pink jail cells to prison work crews dressed in old fashioned black and white stripes, the sheriff in Davidson County was a regular on national television shows. A hot sauce was even named after him.
Then the man known for driving a black police car adorned with spider images got caught in a web himself.
In 2004, Hege pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice. The plea deal kept him out of jail, but cost him his job.