Supreme Court Seal
South Carolina
JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
Site Map | Feedback
2009-UP-614 - The State v. Michael J. Laney

THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE. IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS PRECEDENT IN ANY PROCEEDING EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY RULE 268(d)(2), SCACR.

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Michael J. Laney, Appellant.


Appeal from Greenville County
G. Edward Welmaker, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2009-UP-614
Submitted December 1, 2009 – Filed December 22, 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, all of Columbia, for Respondent.

 PER CURIAM: Michael James Laney appeals his conviction of two consecutive terms of life imprisonment without parole for two murders. Laney asserts the trial judge erred by not understanding he had discretionary authority to sentence him to thirty years imprisonment rather than life imprisonment without parole. 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 Laney's appeal and grant counsel's motion to be relieved.[1]

APPEAL DISMISSED.

WILLIAMS, PIEPER, and LOCKEMY, JJ., concur.


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