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2007-MO-030 - Thomas v. State

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 Supreme Court

Rashaun Thomas, Petitioner

v.

State of South Carolina, Respondent


Appeal From Richland County
 Alison Renee Lee, Circuit Court Judge


Memorandum Opinion No. 2007-MO-030
Submitted April 18, 2007 – Filed May 14, 2007  


AFFIRMED


Appellate Defender Robert M. Pachak, South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense, Division of Appellate Defense, of Columbia, for petitioner.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Chief Criminal Appeals & Post-Conviction Relief Salley W. Elliott, and Assistant Attorney General Robert Brown, all of Columbia, for respondent.


PER CURIAM:  Affirmed pursuant to Rule 220(b)(1), SCACR, and the following authorities:  Page v. State, 364 S.C. 632, 615 S.E.2d 740 (2005) (distinction between direct and collateral consequences of a plea turns on whether the result represents a definite, immediate, and largely automatic effect on the range of the defendant’s punishment); Brown v. State, 306 S.C. 381, 412 S.E.2d 399 (1991) (the imposition of a sentence may have a number of collateral consequences, and a guilty plea is not rendered invalid if the defendant is not informed of the collateral consequences).

AFFIRMED.

TOAL, C.J., MOORE, WALLER, BURNETT and PLEICONES, JJ., concur.