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2003-UP-694 - State v. Stokes

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,

v.

Joe Antwan Stokes        Appellant.


Appeal From Greenville County
John C. Few, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-694
Submitted September 17, 2003 – Filed December 2, 2003
Withdrawn, Substituted and Re-Filed January 22, 2004


APPEAL DISMISSED


Senior Assistant Appellate Defender Wanda P. Hagler, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster; Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh; Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H. Richardson, of Columbia; Solicitor Robert M. Ariail, of Greenville, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Joe Antwan Stokes was indicted for trafficking in cocaine in violation of S. C. Code Ann § 44-53-370(e)(2)(d).   After a trial by jury, he was found guilty and sentenced to twenty-five years imprisonment and $100,000 fine.

Stokes’ appellate counsel submitted a petition to be relieved as counsel, stating she has reviewed the record and has concluded Stokes’ appeal is without merit.  Stokes filed a pro se brief with the court.

After a review of the record as required by Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we hold there are no directly appealable issues that are arguable on their merits.  Accordingly, we dismiss Stokes’ appeal and grant counsel’s motion to be relieved. [1]

APPEAL DISMISSED.

HUFF, STILWELL, and BEATTY, JJ., concur.


[1]   Because oral argument would not aid the court in resolving the issues on appeal, we decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rules 215 and 220(b)(2), SCACR.