Kansas City woman charged for assaulting deputy

An assault on a Platte County Sheriff’s Office deputy has a Kansas City woman facing a felony charge.

Leah Conley

Leah Conley

Leah M. Conley, 35, was at the Platte County Detention Center on June 18 when an incident started when a deputy tried to deliver her a red uniform to wear.

Conley had assaulted a deputy the previous day and was ‘red tagged.’

After the deputy handed Conley her uniform, she threw it over the deputy’s head. When the deputy requested the cell to be opened to hand it to Conley, the woman began to struggle with the employee, according to court documents.

Conley closed her cell door on the deputy’s arm, causing a ‘crushing’ injury before the door was forced closed. The deputy was transported to a local hospital for further medical attention.

Conley posted bond on her original charge — failing to provide information — before detectives could talk to her about the assault.

She was in jail for failing to comply with instructions from a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper. She refused to provide information during the booking process and two deputies were forced to hold her upright for a booking photograph.

She also refused to provide her fingerprints and when appearing in court on that charge, failed to answer questions from the judge, according to court documents.

A warrant was served on Aug. 21 and the next day a hearing was held where a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf. Motions by Conley to dismiss the charge and to be released on her own recognizance was denied.

She has a $25,000 cash-only bond and a mental evaluation was ordered on Sept. 13.

Conley is currently still in custody as of press time and is set to appear in court again on Oct. 23.