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Greenup County man accused of threatening judge

August 29, 2018

ASHLAND - A man who threatened a Greenup County judge while violating the terms of his court-ordered diversion was arrested Saturday at his home.

On Saturday, the Kentucky State Police Post 14 was notified that Matthew Conley, 41, of Russell, Kentucky, had used one of his social media accounts to threaten Greenup County District Judge Brian McCloud in retaliation for his involvement in a recent legal proceeding.

According to a news release from the police post, a warrant was issued for Conley’s arrest, and troopers found him at his home soon after receiving the complaint. There, Conley was determined to be intoxicated but was taken into custody without incident. He was later lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center and charged with intimidating a participant in a legal process, a Class D felony.

Troopers on Sunday determined that Conley had disregarded a court-ordered diversion on the night of his arrest, which prohibited him from having access to handguns and other firearms and required he remain drug and alcohol free. That order had been in effect since Feb. 13, 2014, according to the release.

A search warrant was obtained and executed at Conley’s home by troopers, where they found evidence that substantiated his violation of the mandate.

The case remains under investigation by Trooper Jeffrey Moore, who was assisted by the Greenup County Sheriff’s Office and Russell Police Department.

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