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AG Praises Habeas Corpus Decision in Leontae Hill Case


Jan 25, 2019, 13:06 PM
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Jan 25, 2019, 13:05 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt praised the Habeas Corpus work of the Attorney General’s Office in Leontae Hill v. Cassady. In 2002, Hill was convicted of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action for firing 30 rounds from a machine gun at four Kansas City police officers, wounding two. Hill filed for a writ of Habeas Corpus in February 8, 2018, which was quashed on January 22, 2019.

“Law enforcement officers undertake extreme risks for the safety of others, and violence against them is a heinous crime,” said Schmitt. “The Habeas Corpus unit of my office does incredibly important work, often without praise or recognition. I’m continually grateful for their dedication, especially in cases like this.”

Leontae Hill fired approximately 30 rounds from a machine gun at a police car containing four Kansas City police officers in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, January 1, 2000.  Hill shot and wounded two of the police officers. In a subsequent jury trial, Hill was convicted of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has successfully maintained those convictions on appeal and in post-conviction proceedings.

On January 22, 2019, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District denied Hill’s habeas corpus petition in In re Leontae Hill v. Cassady. The Court affirmed the denial of habeas relief by a special master after an evidentiary hearing. AAG Mike Spillane handled the habeas litigation with the assistance of AAG Patrick Logan.