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2009-UP-600 - The State v. Christopher Howell

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Christopher Joshua Howell, Appellant.


Appeal From Union County
Hon. Larry B. Hyman, Jr., Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2009-UP-600
Submitted November 2, 2009 – Filed December 16, 2009   


APPEAL DISMISSED


Acting Chief Appellate Defender Robert M. Dudek, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh Assistant Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, of Columbia; and Solicitor Kevin Scott Brackett, of York, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Christopher Joshua Howell appeals from his guilty plea to murder, arguing his guilty plea failed to conform with the mandates set forth in Boykin v. Alabama, 395 U.S. 238 (1969).  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.