South Carolina Statehouse Rep. Chris Corley resigned on January 24 after being accused of aggravated domestic violence. He allegedly beat her bloody and could face up to 20 years in prison for this charge.
In response to the allegations, Corley issued a one-sentence resignation letter which reads, “I am grateful that the House did not have to take such extraordinary measures.” The statement was read by House Speaker Jay Lucas as he was reportedly preparing to submit legislation to expel Corley from the House. Corley saved him the trouble.
Corley is best known for his outspoken defense of the Confederate flag. He was re-elected to a second term in November with no opposition.
Initially, he was charged with first-degree domestic violence and pointing a firerm. The jury ended up returning a more serious charge, aggravated domestic violence, which is punishable by up to 20 years. The gun charge could land him an additional five years.
Corley’s statement said his wife tried to hit him after accusing him of cheating on her. He then responded. This all transpired on December 26 of last year, when Corley’s wife claimed he only stopped hitting her after seeing she was bleeding and hearing the screams of their young children. The attack allegedly ended with orley pointing a gun at his wife and then locking himself in a bathroom. His wife then reportedly fled to her mother’s house with the children.
The 911 recording did him no favors when it was released to the public. His children can be heard on the recording saying “Please stop…Just stop Daddy.”
Corley’s bail has been set at $50,000. He is also being barred from contacting his wife and children without permission.