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Judge sets $20K bond for South Carolina Rep. Corley charged with domestic violence

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A judge set a $20,000 bond on Tuesday for the South Carolina House Representative from Graniteville charged with assaulting his wife and pointing a handgun at her.

Wearing a long sleeved T-shirt, blue gym shorts and gray New Balance shoes, Republican Rep. Chris Corley stared straight ahead at Magistrate Judge Melanie James DuBose as she told him he was to have no contact with his wife and couldn't possess any firearms while on bond.

Corley will be able to drive to and from Augusta, where he works as an attorney.

Corley was arrested by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office early Tuesday morning on felony charges of first-degree domestic violence and pointing and presenting firearms at a person.

He was issued a $10,000 bond on each charge. On domestic violence first degree, if convicted, the charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, according to the Solicitor's Office. On the gun charge, if convicted, Corley could be sentenced up to five years in prison.

He is being represented by a family member.

Sheriff's Office deputies responded Monday night to Corley's home in the 100 block of Sugar Hill Drive in Graniteville, where a woman, identified as Corley's wife, said Corley hit her in the face with his fist and said he was going to kill her while two children were in the home, police reported.

The woman told deputies Corley was "caught cheating."

According to police, the woman said Corley only stopped assaulting her because he heard kids screaming and noticed blood coming from her head.

Corley, according to the victim, then went to a car, where he came back inside and pointed a handgun at his wife and said he was going to kill himself, and then went into the bedroom.

His wife and the children fled to a family member's house across the street, the report said.

Corley told police that he and his wife were arguing, because she thought he was cheating on her. He said his wife attempted to strike him in the face with her fist, where he then pushed her off of him.

Corley said during the push, he was scratched on the forehead.

Warrants state Corley, in the presence of an 8-year-old child, did "cause physical harm and injury" to the victim, by "striking her about the head and face with a closed fist and further did, after threatening to kill the victim, point a Smith & Wesson ... handgun at the victim causing her to fear for her life."

Speaking to reporters, Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Eric Abdullah said Corley was fully cooperative before and during his arrest. One gun was retrieved from the Graniteville home, though Abdullah couldn't say whether the firearm was owned by Corley.

Abdullah said the victim is "fine," and with family members.

Corley has since been released from jail.

His first appearance in court has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb 10. His second appearance is 1:30 p.m. May 5, according to the judge.

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