Stunning violence over the Christmas holiday has South Carolina voters horrified. Deputies in Aiken County say that a state House member beat his wife, and then he pointed a gun at her. This from the guy who sent his colleagues a Christmas card charging they lacked morals, all because they took down the Confederate Flag. But it gets worse, much worse.
Officers charged Representative Chris Corley with two felonies. The combined sentence for those felonies could be as much as 15 years in prison. So why did he beat his wife? The two of them were arguing at their Graniteville home over his infidelity. The argument took place late Monday night, according to a police report.
Corley said he was going to kill his wife, then he said he planned on killing himself, even though their young children were watching. Mrs. Corley took her children and went to her mother’s, who lives across the street.
The representative attacked her and only stopped hitting her, when he saw she was bleeding and heard his children screaming, according to deputies.
The officers said that Corley told them his wife started it when she accused him of cheating. The state House member said she also tried to punch him. The police report indicated that he had a scratch located on his forehead.
Corley has been charged with first-degree criminal domestic violence, according to the Associated Press. That charge could result in 10 years in prison. He was also charged with pointing a firearm at a person. That sentence carries a maximum of five years. Neither of the two charges shows a minimum sentence.
At court Tuesday afternoon, a judge ordered Corley to not contact his wife, then he set the representative’s bond at $20,000, The 36-year-old did not discuss his charges at his brief hearing.
The attorney sent out a Christmas card, which gives insight into his character. The card for his fellow Republican lawmakers featured the Confederate flag and began with:
‘May your Christmas be filled with memories of a happier time when South Carolina’s leaders possessed morals, convictions and the principles to stand for what is right.’
The 2015 card even had a suggestion for his cohorts behavior:
‘Ask for forgiveness of all your sins such as betrayal.’
The attorney said it was a joke, but was it?
Corley had just been elected to serve his second term in the South Carolina House, where the Congress recently strengthened the consequences for domestic violence.
If indicted on a felony charge, the representative will be forced to step down from his seat in the state House.
Featured Image: Aiken County Detention Center.
H/T: Associated Press.