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2012-UP-102 - State v. Woods

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.

Henry Woods, Appellant.


Appeal From Kershaw County
J. Ernest Kinard, Jr., Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2012-UP-102
Submitted February 1, 2012 – Filed February 22, 2012   


AFFIRMED


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

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, Assistant Attorney General Mark R. Farthing, and Solicitor Daniel E. Johnson, all of Columbia, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Henry Woods pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and second-degree lynching pursuant to North Carolina v. Alford.[1]  He appeals his concurrent sentences of twenty-two years' and twenty years' imprisonment, respectively, arguing the circuit court abused its discretion in sentencing him to a longer term than his codefendants.  We affirm[2] pursuant to Rule 220(b)(1), SCACR, and the following authority:  Brooks v State, 325 S.C. 269, 271, 481 S.E.2d 712, 713 (1997) ("A [circuit court] is allowed broad discretion in sentencing within statutory limits."); id. at 272, 481 S.E.2d at 713 ("A sentence is not excessive if it is within statutory limitations and there are no facts supporting an allegation of prejudice against a defendant.").

AFFIRMED.

FEW, C.J., HUFF and SHORT, JJ., concur.


[1] 400 U.S. 25 (1970).

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