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2004-UP-094 - State v. Bonnett

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Christopher Bonnett, Appellant.


Appeal From Aiken County
 J. Ernest Kinard, Jr., Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2004-UP-094
Submitted December 23, 2003 – Filed February 13, 2004


APPEAL DISMISSED


Assistant Appellate Defender Eleanor Duffy Cleary, Office of Appellate Defense, of Columbia, for Appellant,

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H. Richardson, all of Columbia; and Solicitor Barbara R. Morgan, of Aiken, for Respondent.


PER CURIAM:  In August 2002, Bonnett pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery during guilty plea proceedings in which the circuit court found Bonnett made freely, voluntarily, and intelligently.  The court accepted Bonnett’s guilty plea on the charges, and he was sentenced.  Bonnett appeals, arguing that the circuit court erred in admitting his plea because he did not make it voluntarily and intelligently.  Bonnett’s appellate counsel has petitioned to be relieved as counsel, stating that she has reviewed the record and has concluded Bonnett’s appeal is without merit.  Bonnett has not filed a pro se brief. 

After a review of the record as required by Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we hold there are no directly appealable issues that are arguable on their merits.  Accordingly, we dismiss Bonnett’s appeal and grant counsel’s petition to be relieved. [1]    

APPEAL DISMISSED.

GOOLSBY, HOWARD, and KITTREDGE, J.J., concur.   


[1] We decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.