Deputies: Lawmaker beat wife, pointed gun at her
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.