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Novelist pleads to drug charges

Posted March 10, 2009
Updated March 11, 2009

— Best-selling author Kaye Gibbons pleaded guilty Tuesday to five misdemeanor charges related to illegal use of prescription drugs.

Stephanie Davis, Wake County assistant district attorney, said Gibbons faked the identity of a doctor to create prescriptions for hydrocodone. Gibbons used the fake prescriptions to obtain 300 pills over three occasions during the summer of 2008, Davis said.

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Gibbons, the author of "Ellen Foster" and other novels, admitted her addiction to arresting officers, saying she was "in the process of finishing a book and needed something to take the edge off," Davis said.

Gibbons, 48, lives with her brother in Rocky Mount. She was charged in November with obtaining property by false pretense and illegal possession of a controlled substance – both felony charges.

Her plea was to obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, prescription fraud misdemeanors. Judge Ned Mangum on Tuesday ordered Gibbons to serve 24 months under supervision, pay a $300 fine and commit to drug treatment and random drug tests.

Since her arrest, Gibbons has completed in-patient therapy for her addiction. She is in continuing out-patient therapy and has spoken about her addiction.

Gibbons "looks like a different person" since she started treatment, her attorney, Roger Smith Jr., said. He thanked the court for giving Gibbons the opportunity to get on with her life.

"Kaye has never been in trouble in her life," Smith said. "This is totally out of character for her. She's so glad to have this moment in time behind her and just move on continuing being a mom, and focusing on her work."

Mangum said he expects the arrest served as a "wake-up call" to the author.

"It will help you go forward and be better off as you go forward in life," he said. "We all hope this is an isolated incident."


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  • rnitschke66 Mar 11, 2009

    The peanut-crunching crowd has shoved in to pile it on, eh? Kaye didn't get off light -- she got what anyone else would've gotten, even the less-productive members of society who comprise 99.9% of the NC population. Y'all leave her be and mind your own bidness.

  • showed up late Mar 11, 2009

    I took oxycodone for 10 days after a surgery a couple of years ago. I did feel kinda funky for a couple of days after they ran out.

  • Jeff_W Mar 10, 2009

    Within 60 days, she will be back at forging illegal 'scripts. Count them starting NOW.

    Nice to see the court taking such a strong stance on what is clearly becoming the leading drug of choice and biggest threat in our communities. Beginning 2007, prescription drug abuse (oxycodone, methadone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, xanax etc..) has exceeded even marijuana as the number 1 most abused/used drug. In addition, the Opiate/Opioid class of drugs (especially when mixed in with an anti-anxiety - Xanax, Valium) causes far more overdose deaths than all the other drugs COMBINED.

    Way to go on pleading the forgeries down to a misdemeanor! Job Well Done!

  • JAT Mar 10, 2009

    milkman - it was Durham - what do you expect? And sadly, embezzling is different than using drugs and faking prescriptions.

  • JAT Mar 10, 2009

    ScoDan - naw, I'll take the odds that I'll be proven correct. These people who have the ability to hire someone to do nothing but make sure they don't get drugs won't do it and they fall right back into the same pattern. Sad, but true. She had to look good for Court and she did. End of story.

  • Milkman Mar 10, 2009

    I think her sentance it HARSH compared to what so many others get for the same or worse crimes. In Durham a woman was convicted of embezzeling $100k from the County, she got the same 2 years probation. $100k you can buy a lot of vicoden.

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  • Of The South Mar 10, 2009

    I wish her all the best too but it is obvious that she got special treatment because of her status.

  • colliedave Mar 10, 2009

    If she wouldn't have been a well-known novelist, would she have received the same treatment?

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Mar 10, 2009

    she got off light if you ask me.....