Former prosecutor Matt Conway charged with hitting woman in face

LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- Former Jefferson County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Matt Conway was charged with felony assault Wednesday night after allegedly attacking his wife, according to a police report.

Conway allegedly grabbed the woman by the throat during an argument, cursed her and slammed her head into a wall and then the floor, according to the Louisville Metro Police citation.

The alleged victim, who had cuts and a swollen left eye, was taken to Baptist East Hospital.  

On Thursday morning, Conway pleaded not guilty in Jefferson District Court. His bond was set at $5,000 cash, and he is scheduled to appear back in court on Jan. 19.

Conway's attorney, Nick Neumann, did not immediately return a phone message.

Last May, Conway 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 former 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, 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 stayed out of trouble. Once the case is set aside, Conway could get the conviction expunged, or erased from his record. Conway's attorney at the time, David Lambertus, does not speak with the media.

Jessie Halladay, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Attorney's Office said, "We are aware of the (new) case and are looking at it and all of its implications."

Conway, who is now in private practice, has also 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 investigation 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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