Probation for former South Carolina lawmaker who pleaded guilty to hitting his wife
By Brian Seay
Then-South Carolina state Rep. Christopher Corley waves a white flag in July 2015 during debate on a bill that would eventually remove the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds. (Photo: John Bazemore/Associated Press)
A former state lawmaker in South Carolina was sentenced to probation Monday after pleading guilty to first-degree domestic violence.
Chris Corley, 36, punched his wife with a closed fist, bit her on the nose, pointed a gun at her, and threatened to kill her and himself in December in front of their three children, according to court records. He was sentenced to six years in prison, which was suspended to five years probation, according to the Aiken Standard.
Several of Corley’s family members spoke before Second Judicial Circuit Judge Doyet A. Early III on Monday prior to sentencing. Corley’s wife, Heather, said Monday was the couple’s 13th wedding anniversary, and pleaded for leniency for her husband.
“Let me start by saying none of this was my intention,” she said. “I only wanted my husband to get the help he needed. We sought medical help for his mental state for one year. As the year progressed, it became increasingly worse. He has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and the medications he was