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2008-UP-138 - State v. Thomas

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Walter Martez Thomas, Appellant.


Appeal From Richland County
 James W. Johnson, Jr., Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2008-UP-138
Submitted March 3, 2008 – Filed March 4, 2008   


APPEAL DISMISSED


Appellate Defender Eleanor Duffy Cleary, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, and Solicitor Warren Blair Giese, all of Columbia, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: Walter Thomas appeals his guilty plea to two counts of armed robbery, arguing his guilty plea failed to conform with the mandates set forth in Boykin v. Alabama, 395 U.S. 238 (1969).  Specifically, Thomas maintains the trial court abused its discretion by failing to adequately advise him of his constitutional rights.  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] Thomas’ appeal and grant counsel’s motion to be relieved.

APPEAL DISMISSED.

ANDERSON, SHORT, and THOMAS, JJ., concur.


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