A Brunswick County man pleaded guilty last week to assaulting law enforcement in a vehicle chase, while multiple felony charges – including rape and kidnapping – were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.
Richard Teremaine Gore, 32, of Ash, pleaded guilty April 23 in Brunswick County Superior Court to fleeing to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to court records.
Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Gore to three consecutive sentences in the N.C. Department of Corrections, which amount to a total sentence range of 41-77 months in prison. He was given credit for 611 days served in jail.
The charges stem from a Jan. 13, 2014 incident during which prosecutors say Gore struck a deputy’s car during a vehicle chase. Gore was also accused of rape and kidnapping a woman, which prompted the deputy’s response.
When he was arrested in January 2014, Gore was awaiting trial on charges of first-degree rape, assault by strangulation, first-degree kidnapping and assault on a female in connection with an offense that was reported May 29, 2013.
As part of Gore’s April 23 plea agreement, the state dismissed two counts of first-degree rape (reported by the same woman), assault by strangulation, first-degree kidnapping, two counts of assault on a female, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cocaine, possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of injury to personal property, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault by pointing a gun, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and second-degree kidnapping.
In district court, charges of driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, injury to personal property, communicating threats, failure to wear a seatbelt, reckless driving, unsafe passing and possession of an open container were also dismissed.
Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford was the prosecutor in the case. William T. Peregoy represented Gore.
The plea was negotiated between both parties, according to Radford.
“The victim was not in court,” Radford said. “We did reach out to her, but she was not there.”
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Christina Haley is a crime and courts reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.