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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Former District Attorney Rex Gore has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor willful neglect to discharge a duty of his office. In exchange, prosecutors have agreed to drop a felony charge of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense was dropped.

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.

The charges stemmed from allegations Gore signed off on false expense reports for one of his former Assistant DAs Elaine Kelley. Kelley pleaded guilty earlier this year to misprision of a felony and agreed to pay back more than $14,000 in travel expenses she had received.

Gore had said he had agreed to pay Kelley for travel when he hired her to handle cases in Bladen County. He said he had no intent to overstep his authority.

“Everybody acknowledges that from the beginning this was a mistaken belief that he had certain budgetary authority, which it turns out that he did not,” Gore’s attorney James Payne said. “Neglect is correctly applicable here; not dishonor at all by Mr. Gore, because he is a very honorable man.”

Gore was District Attorney for Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties for 20 years before losing in the 2010 Democratic Primary to Butch Pope. Republican Jon David won the general election that year.

Gore’s case was handled by the Attorney General’s Office.

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2015 years 11 months ago

Violent crime and gun violence is at an all-time high while Ben David and Jon David are using our tax dollars to tie up the courts with this political news grabbing stunt. They are pathetic dweebs who were isolated antisocial hypocrits, narcissists, law books is their power, their bible book. Two people with no real history of friends, community or social involvement, basically never known before they came to town to use the destruction of the good reputations of others to attempt to get their names in the news as being ‘somebody’. I feel sorry for the children they… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Congratulations are in order for Mr. Rex Gore. Despite the politically charged environment that led to charges being filed, the truth was able to be brought forefront, and the charges rightfully dismissed. Mr. Gore accepted the charge that the manner of the reimbursement for Ms. Kelly’s mileage, if not correctly submitted, were a fraud being perpetrated in his office, by one of his assistants. Mr. Gore smartly accepted that he should have kept more control over the finances in his office. Mr. Gore, like anyone else at the top of their political office, accepted that he was responsible for things… Read more »

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2015 years 11 months ago

Thanks for reassuring me that my gag reflex is still working perfectly.

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