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2006-UP-206 - State v. Upton
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THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE.  IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS 
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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

William Emmanuel Upton, Appellant.


Appeal From Cherokee County
 Roger L. Couch, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2006-UP-206
Submitted April 1, 2006 – Filed April 14, 2006   


APPEAL DISMISSED


Assistant Appellate Defender Tara S. Taggart, Office of Appellate Defense, of Columbia, Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, Office of the Attorney General, all of Columbia; and Solicitor Harold W. Gowdy, III, of Spartanburg, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: William Emmanuel Upton appeals his convictions for two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second degree.  The trial judge sentenced Upton to two concurrent terms of ten years imprisonment, suspended upon the service of eight years with two years probation.

Pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), counsel for Upton attached to the final brief a petition to be relieved as counsel, stating she had reviewed the record and concluded Upton’s appeal is without legal merit sufficient to warrant a new trial.  Upton did not file a separate pro se response.

After a thorough review of the record and brief 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.

APPEAL DISMISSED.[1]

BEATTY, SHORT, and WILLIAMS, 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 Rule 215, SCACR.