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2010-UP-172 - State v. James Wilkinson

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.

James Wilkinson, Appellant.


Appeal From Richland County
L. Casey Manning, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2010-UP-172
Submitted February 1, 2010 – Filed March 1, 2010   


AFFIRMED


Appellate Defender Elizabeth A. Franklin-Best, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, Senior Assistant Attorney General Norman Mark Rapoport, and Solicitor Warren Blair Giese, all of Columbia, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  James Wilkinson appeals his conviction and twenty-year sentence for attempted kidnapping.  He argues the trial court erred in denying his motion for a directed verdict.  We affirm[1] pursuant to Rule 220(b), SCACR, and the following authorities:  S.C. Code Ann. § 16-3-910 (2003) (stating kidnapping occurs when someone unlawfully seizes, confines, inveigles, decoys, kidnaps, or abducts or carries away any other person by any means whatsoever without authority of law); State v. Frazier, 375 S.C. 575, 581, 654 S.E.2d 280, 283 (Ct. App. 2007) ("If there is any direct evidence or substantial circumstantial evidence reasonably tending to prove the guilt of the accused, an appellate court must find the case was properly submitted to the jury.").

AFFIRMED.

PIEPER, GEATHERS, JJ., and CURETON, A.J., concur.


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