Former District Attorney Avoids Jail Time With Plea

The former top prosecutor for part of southeastern North Carolina is pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he neglected his duties by allowing an assistant to claim millage for her daily commute.

Former District Attorney Rex Gore pleaded guilty Monday in a plea deal that includes giving up his law license for six months. He was charged with a felony.

The former DA for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties said he agreed to pay former assistant district attorney Elaine Kelley to commute hundreds of miles between her home and work.

Kelley was accused of claiming false business travel expenses. She pleaded guilty and repaid the state more than $14,000 she received for mileage.

Gore was district attorney for nearly 20 years until he lost the 2010 Democratic primary.

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