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Former South Carolina state representative Chris Corley had his probation reduced from five years to two years. 

A former South Carolina state representative's probation for domestic violence charges in Aiken is over. 

On Wednesday, Robert Kittle with the South Carolina Attorney General's Office said Chris Corley's probation had been reduced from five years to two years. 

On Aug. 7, 2017, Corley pleaded guilty to the felony charge of first-degree domestic violence. His original charge was domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, but in accordance with his guilty plea, he was allowed to plead to the lesser charge, solicitors said.

He was indicted by the South Carolina Attorney General's Office following a reported "violent incident" at his family's Sugar Hill Drive home in Graniteville on Dec. 26, 2016. Arrest warrants state Corley punched his wife with a closed fist until she bled, bit her nose and pointed a loaded handgun at her – while their three young child were also present.

Corley was originally sentenced to six years in prison, suspended to five years of probation following a hearing in 2017.

However, in 2019, the judge presiding over the case found that the defendant had fully complied with all probationary terms and that the term of probation should be reduced to two years, Kittle said.

Since Corley pleaded guilty in 2017, Corley's probation is finished, Kittle said. 

Due to backlash over the incident, Corley resigned from his Statehouse lawmaker position in January 2017. 

Matthew Enfinger is a general assignment reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter: @matt_enfinger