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 Supreme Court
Staffon Ray, Petitioner,
State of South Carolina, Respondent.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI
Appeal From Richland County
Alison Renee Lee, Circuit Court Judge
Memorandum Opinion No. 2011-MO-024
Submitted September 22, 2011 – Filed September 26, 2011
DISMISSED AS IMPROVIDENTLY GRANTED
Appellate Defender LaNelle C. DuRant, of South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense, of Columbia, for Petitioner.
Attorney General Alan Wilson, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, and Assistant Attorney General Brian Petrano, all of Columbia, for Respondent.
PER CURIAM: Staffon Ray pled guilty to charges of first-degree burglary and petit larceny. He was sentenced to concurrent prison terms of sixteen years for first-degree burglary and thirty days for petit larceny, with credit for time served. No direct appeal was taken. Ray applied for post-conviction relief (PCR), alleging his guilty plea was involuntary and defense counsel was ineffective for failing to properly investigate his case. This Court granted Ray's petition for a writ of certiorari to review a circuit court order denying his PCR application. We now dismiss the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.
TOAL, C.J., PLEICONES, BEATTY, KITTREDGE and HEARN, JJ., concur.