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2004-UP-212 - In the Interest of Darcel G.

THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE.  IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS PRECEDENT IN ANY PROCEEDING EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY RULE 239(d)(2), SCACR.

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

In The Interest of Darcel G., A Minor Under The Age of Seventeen,        Appellant.


Appeal From Darlington County
Jamie Lee Murdock, Jr., Family Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2004-UP-212
Submitted January 29, 2004 – Filed March 25, 2004


APPEAL DISMISSED


Assistant Appellate Defender Tara S. Taggart, 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 C. Kelley Jackson, of Sumter, for Respondent.


PER CURIAM:   Darcel G., a juvenile, appeals the sentence she received following her guilty plea to charges for assault and battery of high and aggravated nature (ABHAN).  Darcel G.’s appellate counsel has petitioned to be relieved as counsel, stating she has reviewed the record and has concluded Darcel G.’s appeal is without merit.  The sole issue briefed by counsel argues that the family court abused its discretion during sentencing.  Darcel G. did not file a separate pro se response 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 this appeal and grant counsel’s petition to be relieved.1

APPEAL DISMISSED.

GOOLSBY, HOWARD, and KITTREDGE, JJ., concur.


          1  Because oral argument would not aid the court in resolving the issues on appeal, we decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rules 215 and 220(b)(2), SCACR.