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Former NC prosecutor gets probation in plea deal

Posted August 19, 2013

— 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.


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  • Ex-Republican Aug 20, 2013

    Funny how the press reports on this story. I went to 5 north Carolina news web sites and only 1 mentioned (and only indirectly) that Gore is a Democrat. You have to go back to an unrelated 2010 story in the N&O to definitely find his party affiliation: http://projects.newsobserver.com/tags/Rex_Gore

    It sounds clichéd "but if this was a Republican, " party affiliation would be at the top of the story in all stories.

    Liberal media bias is just the way things are. Another cliché: it is what it is.

  • bombayrunner Aug 20, 2013

    why are folks like Jessie Jackson Jr and this guy getting lite sentences ... we're letting them off easy when we should be throwing the book at them! ... like Jim BLack and Meg Scott Phipps, and so many others.

  • bombayrunner Aug 20, 2013

    gimme a break ... he's a democrat and elected official ... this is the facts!

  • bombayrunner Aug 20, 2013

    good ole bombayrunner ... the censorship continues

  • dapack19742 Aug 20, 2013

    Wow! All Rex did was attempt to retain quality prosecutors for his rural prosecutorial district. Apparently none of you know the facts . Gore received none of the travel money. Do any of you know that now assistant DAs have to travel from county to county within their prosecutorial s district to perform their jobs and are not being reimbursed for their travel expense! It is almost impossible to hire and retain attorneys in rural counties and Gore was trying to protect the citizens in his district by having competent prosecutors! Ridiculous prosecution of a very religious and honorable man who made a mistake in which he did not benefit!

  • dontstopnow Aug 20, 2013

    How about that slap on the wrist? What a system of justice! If had been one of us, we would be doing serious jail time!

  • meeper Aug 19, 2013

    What a sweetheart deal! Must of had the same judge as Mike Easley.

  • lwe1967 Aug 19, 2013

    Why didn't he get jail time? He should also loose his license to practice law. Another set of rules. Perhaps the bar association should be police by laws instead of themselves.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 19, 2013

    Ridiculous, HE should do SUBSTANTIAL jail time. He was in a position of IMMENSE power. The message to ANYONE in that kind of public position needs to be HARSH penalties if ANY law is violated. Just more of the same REAL two classes of people in this country. Government employees vs non-Government employees.

  • Makami Aug 19, 2013

    He get's unsupervised probation and my daughter gets 12 months supervised probation for a speeding ticket??????????????????