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2011-MO-024 - Ray v. State

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THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Supreme Court


Staffon Ray, Petitioner,

v.

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.

DISMISSED.

TOAL, C.J., PLEICONES, BEATTY, KITTREDGE and HEARN, JJ., concur.