Gore accepts plea deal
by Staff report
BRUNSWICK COUNTY —- Former Bladen County District Attorney Rex Gore accepted a plea agreement Monday morning and pleaded guilty to a charge of willful failure to discharge duties.
A charge of felony obtaining property by false pretenses has been dismissed.
According to reports, as part of the plea agreement, Gore received a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail and 12 months of supervised probation. He will also have to pay a fine of $5,000 and, once that has been paid, the probation will change to unsupervised, according to reports. Gore will also be required to surrender his law license for six months.
In May, Elaine Kelly, who was an assistant district attorney under Gore and a co-defendant in the case, also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and has paid $14,130. She was accused of submitting false travel expense reports.
Gore had served as district attorney for the 13th Prosecutorial District — which includes Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties. He was defeated in the 2010 Democratic Primary by Whiteville attorney Harold “Butch” Pope. Pope went on to lose in the general election to now-District Attorney Jon David.
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