No one is talking to the dispatcher. All that can be heard are screams of “Stop!” in the background.
“Please stop! Just stop, Daddy. Just stop.”
The call was made Monday night from the home of South Carolina state Rep. Chris Corley, a young politician who made headlines last year when he staunchly fought to keep the Confederate flag flying on the statehouse grounds. The screaming voices appear to have come from his children.
Corley hit his wife in the face and threatened to kill her in front of their children, according to an incident report from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. His wife told investigators that Corley only stopped hitting her because the children were screaming and her head was bleeding. He then went out to his vehicle, came back with a handgun and pointed it at his wife, threatened to kill himself, and then went to the bedroom, the report states.
Corley, of Graniteville, S.C., was arrested on Tuesday and charged with first-degree domestic violence and pointing a firearm at a person, according to an online docket. He told investigators that he and his wife got into a fight because she suspected him of cheating. He said his wife tried to strike him in the face, but he pushed her away, according to the report.
The 36-year-old Republican lawmaker, who has a law office in Augusta, Ga., was elected to represent South Carolina’s 84th District in 2014. He was reelected without opposition this year.
Corley’s arrest comes after a legislative session in which South Carolina lawmakers passed a sweeping reform bill that toughens punishments in domestic violence cases and bars offenders from possessing guns.
He's facing a maximum 15 years in jail. Let's hope he is sentenced to every minute of it.