Deputies: Law­maker beat wife, pointed gun at her

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COLUMBIA | A South Carolina House mem­ber who re­buked his col­leagues in a Christ­mas card for lack­ing morals when they took down the Con­fed­er­ate flag is ac­cused of beat­ing his wife and point­ing a gun at her, deputies said.

Of­fi­cers in Aiken County charged state Rep. Chris Cor­ley with a pair of felonies that could send him to prison

for up to 15 years af­ter he at­tacked his wife dur­ing an ar­gu­ment over in­fi­delity late Mon­day at their home in Gran­iteville, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

The cou­ple’s young chil­dren were in the home, and the wife took the fam­ily to her mother’s house across the street af­ter Mr. Cor­ley threat­ened to kill her, pointed a gun at her, then said he would kill him­self, the re­port said.

Mr. Cor­ley’s wife said he stopped hit­ting her only af­ter notic­ing she was bleed­ing and hear­ing the chil­dren scream­ing, deputies said.

Mr. Cor­ley told of­fi­cers his wife tried to punch him af­ter ac­cus­ing him of cheat­ing, and the po­lice re­port noted a scratch on his fore­head.

Mr. Cor­ley re­mained at the Aiken County jail on Tues­day morn­ing. He is charged with first-de­gree crim­i­nal

do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, which car­ries up to 10 years in prison if con­victed, and point­ing a firearm at a per­son, which has a max­i­mum sen­tence of five years. Nei­ther charge has a min­i­mum pun­ish­ment.

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