Former NC prosecutor gets probation in plea deal
Posted August 19, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — A former district attorney for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties pleaded guilty Monday to willful failure to discharge duties as part of a plea deal that allows him to avoid jail time.
Rex Gore received a suspended 60-day sentence and was placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months. He also must surrender his law license for six months. As part of the deal, a felony charge of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense was dropped.
The State Bureau of Investigation began investigating Gore and former Assistant District Attorney Elaine Kelley more than two years ago.
Kelley, who was accused of submitting false travel expenses, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in May and paid more than $14,000 in restitution to the state.
Gore served as district attorney in the three southeastern North Carolina counties for 20 years before losing his bid for a sixth term in 2010.