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2005-UP-083 - State v. Hilliard
THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals


The State,        Respondent,

v.

Amen L. Hilliard,        Appellant.


Appeal From Orangeburg County
Edward B. Cottingham, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2005-UP-083
Submitted February 1, 2005 – Filed February 4, 2005


APPEAL DISMISSED


Acting Deputy Chief Attorney Wanda P. Hagler, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, all of Columbia; and Solicitor Walter M. Bailey, of Summerville, for Respondent.


PER CURIAM:  Amen L. Hilliard pled guilty to two counts of distribution of crack cocaine, third offense.  He was sentenced to eight years for each count, to be served concurrently.  Hilliard’s appellate counsel filed a brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967).  Counsel additionally submitted a petition to be relieved from representation, asserting there are no directly appealable issues of arguable merit.  Further, Hilliard filed a pro se response with the Court.

After a review of the record pursuant to Anders and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we dismiss the appeal and grant counsel’s petition to be relieved. [1]

APPEAL DISMISSED.

ANDERSON, BEATTY, and SHORT, JJ., concur.


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