Judge gives Corley six-year prison sentence, suspends it to probation

Former S.C. state representative Chris Corley, (middle), with wife Heather, at his sentencing hearing.

A judge sentenced former S.C. state representative Chris Corley to six years in prison Monday on domestic violence related charges but suspended the sentence and put him on five-years probation.

Corley, who represented District 84 in Aiken County before resigning in January, had accepted a deal to plead guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree domestic violence, a felony that could have put him in jail for up to 10 years. He had originally been charged with aggravated domestic violence in a Dec. 26 incident at his home.

Corley, 36, was accused of punching his wife in the face and head and threatening to kill her while pointing a Smith & Wesson handgun at her. An Aiken County Sheriff’s Office report stated that the incident happened in front of the couple’s 8- and 2-year-old children.

His wife, Heather Corley, issued a statement over the weekend saying she planned to ask the judge for leniency in the case, stating that her husband suffered from and was been treated for bipolar disorder.

If Corley violates probation, he will have to serve the prison sentence.

 

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