Former prosecutor Matt Conway pleads guilty to disorderly conduc - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Former prosecutor Matt Conway pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- Former Jefferson County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Matt Conway has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in a case that stemmed from an allegation he hit a woman in the face following a Christmas party in 2013.

Conway, the younger brother of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, had been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting the woman with a closed fist following a verbal altercation inside a limousine.

But on the day the trial was scheduled to begin last week, Conway instead accepted a plea deal amending the assault charge to disorderly conduct and agreeing to pay a fine and court costs of $385. Conway entered an Alford Plea, meaning he maintained his innocence but acknowledged there is enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty. 

As part of the plea agreement, Conway would be able to set aside the guilty plea after 18 months, if he stays out of trouble. Once the case is set aside, Conway could get the conviction expunged, or erased from his record. Conway's attorney, David Lambertus, does not speak with the media.

Conway, who is now in private practice, did not immediately return a phone message left at his office. 

Jessie Halladay, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, said prosecutors were prepared to go to trial last week but Conway instead accepted the plea deal. 

"There wasn't anything unusual," she said of the plea. "It's not uncommon in a case like this."

Attorney Frank Mascagni, who was representing the victim, was not immediately available for comment.

On Dec. 20, 2013, the night of the incident, the limo driver pulled over on 9th street and Broadway and discovered an "ongoing physical altercation" and saw the alleged victim on the floor, according to a criminal complaint. The driver pulled the victim out of the vehicle and her purse was dumped out and thrown from the limo, according to the complaint. 

Conway reached past the driver and struck the woman in the face with his fist, according to the complaint. A passing motorist called Louisville Metro Police.

The limousine driver gave a taped statement identifying Conway as the person who struck the woman, who sustained a cut and some swelling on her face. 

Conway had been arrested previously on a charge of driving while intoxicated. 

In May 2011, Conway resigned from the commonwealth's attorney's office for undisclosed reasons. He was the subject of drug investigations in 2008 and 2009 but was not charged either time. 

In 2010, Conway was disciplined for lying to Louisville Metro Police officers -- who were questioning him in connection with an internal police investigation -- by telling them that he had not been alerted by a detective that he was under investigation for possible drug use and trafficking. 

Several days later, Conway admitted to investigators that Detective Ronald Russ had tipped him off. Conway was placed on probation and told that his job performance needed to improve and that he must submit to "random or unannounced drug tests." 

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