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2008-UP-507 - State v. Hill

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.

Randy Hill, Appellant.


Appeal From Pickens County
 Larry R. Patterson, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2008-UP-507
Submitted September 2, 2008 – Filed September 5, 2008   


APPEAL DISMISSED


Appellate Defender Eleanor Duffy Cleary, 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 Robert M. Ariail, of Greenville, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Randy Hill appeals his conviction and sentence for crack cocaine distribution and distribution within close proximity to a school.  He argues the circuit court erred in issuing an Allen charge in a coercive manner and speaking to the jury in the jury room and off the record after the jury had twice stated it was unable to reach a verdict.  Hill filed a separate pro se brief.  After a thorough review of the record and both briefs 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 Hill’s appeal and grant counsel’s motion to be relieved.

APPEAL DISMISSED.

ANDERSON, WILLIAMS, and KONDUROS, JJ., concur.