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2009-UP-115 - State v. Thompson

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Thomas Thompson, Appellant.


Appeal From Spartanburg County
 Kenneth G. Goode, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2009-UP-115
Submitted March 2, 2009 – Filed March 4, 2009   


APPEAL DISMISSED


Appellate Defender Kathrine H. Hudgins, 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 Harold W. Gowdy, III, of Spartanburg, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: Thomas Thompson pled guilty pursuant to North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25 (1970), to two counts of burglary second non-violent, grand larceny, and possession of tools of crime.  He appeals, arguing the plea court erred in accepting his plea without explaining the concept of an Alford plea.  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.

HUFF, WILLIAMS, and KONDUROS, JJ., concur.


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