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2009-UP-566 - The State v. Brandon Staley

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals


The State, Respondent,

v.

Brandon Staley, Appellant.


Appeal From Orangeburg County
James C. Williams, Jr., Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No.  2009-UP-566
Submitted December 1, 2009 – Filed December 2, 2009


APPEAL DISMISSED


Deputy Chief Appellate Defender Wanda H. Carter, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, of Columbia; Solicitor David M Pascoe, Jr., of Orangeburg,  for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Brandon Staley pled guilty to kidnapping, armed robbery, assault and battery with intent to kill, and two counts of first degree burglary.  He appeals, arguing his plea was not voluntary because the plea court failed to advise him it was not bound by the State's sentencing recommendation.  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., CURETON, A.J., and GOOLSBY, A.J., concur.


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