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2007-UP-302 - State v. Lane

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

The State, Respondent,

v.

Christopher Earl Lane, Appellant.


Appeal From Florence County
 James E. Brogdon, Jr., Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2007-UP-302
Submitted June 1, 2007 – Filed June 8, 2007   


APPEAL DISMISSED


David Craig Brown, of Florence, for Appellant

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, all of Columbia, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  A Florence County jury convicted Christopher Earl Lane of murder and kidnapping.  The trial court sentenced him to fifty years imprisonment for murder and thirty years for kidnapping to run concurrently. Lane appeals, arguing the trial court erred in concluding by a preponderance of the evidence that his statement was voluntarily and freely given without threat or coercion and that it was for the jury to decide if the confession was proven beyond a reasonable doubt to be freely, voluntarily, knowingly and intelligently given. Lane did not file a pro se brief.  After a thorough review of the record and counsel’s brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967) and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we dismiss[1] Lane’s appeal and grant counsel’s motion to be relieved.

APPEAL DISMISSED.

STILWELL, SHORT, and WILLIAMS JJ., concur.


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