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2008-UP-056 - State v. Muhammad

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Nathaniel Muhammad, Appellant.


Appeal From Dorchester County
 Diane Schafer Goodstein, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2008-UP-056
Submitted January 1, 2008 – Filed January 14, 2008   


APPEAL DISMISSED


Chief Attorney for Capital Appeals Joseph L. Savitz, III, of Columbia, for Appellant.

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

PER CURIAM:  Nathaniel Muhammad was convicted of five counts of kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery, and failure to stop for a blue light.  He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.  On appeal, Muhammad alleged the trial court erred by admitting incriminating statements, which he alleges were given as the result of promises of leniency.  Muhammad 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 the appeal and grant counsel’s motion to be relieved.[1]

APPEAL DISMISSED.

HEARN, C.J., KITTREDGE and THOMAS, JJ., concur.


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