York County Prison inmate's fake court order didn't fool anyone
A York County Prison inmate must have been stir-crazy if he thought he could spring himself by ginning up a fake appeals court document ordering his release.
James Anthony Gore presented his bogus order to York County Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook, the York County District Attorney's Office, prison staff, probation officers and other York County officials, court documents state.
But his escape plan flopped because no one fell for the phony filing.
The fake order was purported to be from the "United States Superior Court in Pennsylvania," which isn't an actual entity, and stated that Gore should be released "free of bail, free of charges, and free of sentence in all cases on Notice of Appeal," documents state.
It doesn't take a legal scholar to figure out that's not language one is likely to read in any order written or dictated by an actual member of the judiciary.
It then listed four criminal cases in which Gore was charged and was signed by "Superior Court President Judge James Anthony Gore," according to court documents.
"I don't know what was going through his mind," defense attorney George Margetas told The York Dispatch. "Mr. Gore is definitely one of the more unique clients I've ever represented."
Guilty plea: Gore, 46, of York City, pleaded guilty Thursday, Feb. 8, to the third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence.
Related charges were dropped in exchange for his plea, including impersonating a public servant, attempt escape, forgery and criminal conspiracy, court records state.
He also pleaded guilty the same day in an unrelated case to resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was given a time-served sentence of 422 days in prison and a concurrent year of probation, according to court records.
Court documents state Gore was still serving his prison time in another case when he created the faux filing.
Ten-mile chase: It's not the first time Gore's antics have garnered him media attention.
In April 2016, Gore led police on a 10-mile chase, waving at them as he ate marijuana and drove southbound on Interstate 83. At the time, he was wanted on two warrants, police said.
The chase never exceeded speeds of about 60 mph, police said, but Gore was driving erratically.
A trooper tried to pull him over after realizing Gore was a fugitive.
Gore kept fleeing until he was stopped by a roadblock at the Mount Rose Avenue exit (Exit 18), where he resisted arrest but was taken into custody, police said.
Three state police cruisers were damaged during the effort to stop him, police said.
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