WIFE, HUSBAND FACING CHARGES
The leader of the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce and president of the Columbia, S.C. Rotary Club has been charged with second degree criminal domestic violence and unlawful neglect of a child in connection with an incident that occurred in her home in late July.
Kerry Powers – the CEO of the Irmo Chamber – was involved in a domestic dispute on July 27 with her husband, Kelly Powers, who is also facing second degree CDV and child neglect charges stemming from the incident.
“They were both beat up pretty bad,” a source familiar with the situation told us.
Second degree criminal domestic violence is the third most severe CDV charge – following criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and first degree CDV. According to our sources, the second degree CDV charge was warranted in this instance because the incident in question took place in front of children.
If convicted, both Powers’ could face up to three years in prison and/ or fines of up to $5,000 apiece.
Powers is exceedingly well-connected, often using her organizations to promote local politicians – including South Carolina state lawmakers Nathan Ballentine and Chip Huggins. In fact Huggins wife, Ginger Huggins, works for Powers at the Irmo Chamber.
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