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2010-UP-070 - The State v. Donald Mauldin

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Donald J. Mauldin, Appellant.


Appeal From Dorchester County
Diane Schafer Goodstein, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2010-UP-070
Submitted January 4, 2010 – Filed February 1, 2010  


APPEAL DISMISSED


Appellate Defender Katherine H. Hudgins, of Columbia, for Appellant.

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

PER CURIAM: Donald J. Mauldin pled guilty to homicide by child abuse and the trial court sentenced him to fifty years' imprisonment.  On appeal Mauldin argues the trial court abused its discretion in sentencing him to the statutory maximum without providing any justification or explanation.  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. 

SHORT, THOMAS, and KONDUROS, JJ., concur.


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