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2008-UP-614 - State v. Bethel

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Michael Bethel, Appellant.


Appeal From Horry County
Thomas A. Russo, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2008-UP-614
Submitted November 3, 2008 – Filed November 10, 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, all of Columbia, Solicitor John Gregory Hembree, of Conway, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: Michael Bethel appeals his conviction for distribution of crack cocaine, for which he received a sentence of twenty-five years’ imprisonment.  He argues the trial judge erred in allowing the State to admit a police officer’s statement regarding previous investigations implicating him in criminal activity. After a thorough review of the record, counsel’s brief, and Bethel’s pro se 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

ANDERSON, HUFF, and THOMAS, JJ., concur.


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