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From Fox Wilmington: Former DA pleads guilty, felony charges dismissed
August 19, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Former District Attorney Rex Gore pleaded guilty in court Monday to misdemeanor willful failure to discharge duties. According to his attorney, felony charges against Gore have been dismissed.

According to Gore's attorney, the former DA received a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail and 12 months of supervised probation. Once Gore pays a $5,000 fine, the probation will be unsupervised.

His law license is suspended for six months.

As part of the deal, a felony charge of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense was dropped.

"Mr. Gore's case was a mistaken belief in authority," said Attorney W. James Payne. "The events that led up to the charges were unusual and the lines of budgetary authority mistakenly, but honestly, believe."

Gore and Elaine Kelley were indicted in 2012 after an investigation revealed Gore agreed to approve false expense reports for Kelley.

According to the indictment, Kelley was paid more than $14,000 during a five year period for travel expenses she did not incur. The indictment from 2012 states that Kelley falsely claimed expenses for travel between Elizabethtown and Bolivia for business related matters.

Kelley was also indicted at that time on two charges -- obtaining property by false pretenses and felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses.

The investigation was requested by Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis in February 2010.

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