"I'm not rich by any means monetarily," he said. "I'm rich because of my family. If I never get there, I don't care. I'm gonna get my say in court."
These days, Jewell is married and is a sheriff's deputy in Meriwether County, about 53 miles from Atlanta, which has just 22,000 people, dusty roads and sprawling cattle pastures.
"He brings a lot of experience. You could label him a hero," said Col. Chuck Smith, one of Jewell's superiors.
Then, remembering he was talking to a reporter, Smith added with a smile: "I guess you could label him however you want."
Associated Press Writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this report from Greenville, Ga.