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2009-UP-327 - State v. Dearment

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals


The State, Respondent,

v.

Billy Eugene Dearment, Appellant.


Appeal From Richland County
 G. Thomas Cooper, Jr., Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2009-UP-327
Submitted May 1, 2009 – Filed June 15, 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 and Solicitor Warren B. Giese, all of Columbia, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Billy Eugene Dearment appeals from his guilty plea for felony driving under the influence, arguing the plea judge abused his discretion by sentencing him too harshly.  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., THOMAS, and KONDUROS, JJ., concur.


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