SC lawmaker hit his wife, pointed a gun at her

Dec 29, 2016, 00:29
SC lawmaker hit his wife, pointed a gun at her

"According to police, [his wife] said Corley only stopped assaulting her because he heard kids screaming and noticed blood coming from her head".

Unfortunately, Corley's case is far from unique.

On Monday night, his wife reported that, after she accused him of cheating, Corley punched her in the face in front of their children, who are 2 and 8 years old. Deputies say Corley then went into a bedroom and the victim ran to a home across the street. Corley said that his wife attempted to strike him with a closed fist, prompting his violent outburst.

He also sent a Christmas card with the Confederate flag on it to Republican lawmakers in 2015 after the flag came down suggesting they "ask for forgiveness of all your sins such as betrayal", calling it a joke in his smart-aleck style.

Democrats and others on his Christmas card list got one with a picture of his children.

Bond has been set for the SC lawmaker accused of punching a woman and pointing a gun at her in an argument over infidelity.

"Domestic violence and abuse is not something to politicize or take lightly", Harrison said. "I don't know that saying you can't have a gun because you get convicted of domestic violence, I don't know if that's going to stop someone from future domestic violence".

Yet back in 2014, Corley stated that regulating firearm access among domestic abusers might not curb the violence.

Corley's profile on the State House website shows he and his wife have been married since August 2004 and have three children.

"Speaker Lucas has been notified of the criminal charges pending against Representative Chris Corley and will continue to monitor the situation". South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore said in an email to the Post And Courier that he hopes the legal process is swift and his thoughts are with the family.

Corley contends that his wife initiated the confrontation and tried to hit him. "Until then, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children".

Corley did not talk about the charges in court.

Officers in Aiken County charged Republican Chris Corley with two felonies that could send him to prison for up to 15 years.

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