In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,


William B. Markley, Jr.,        Appellant.

Appeal From Oconee County
Deadra L. Jefferson, Circuit Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No.  2003-UP-206
Submitted January 29, 2003 - Filed March 19, 2003


Assistant Appellate Defender Robert M. Pachak, of Columbia; for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H. Richardson, all of Columbia; Solicitor Druanne Dykes White, of Anderson; for Respondents.

PER CURIAM:  William B. Markley appeals his conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  Markley’s appellate counsel has petitioned to be relieved as counsel, stating he has reviewed the record and has concluded Markley’s appeal is without merit.  The issue briefed by counsel concerns whether Markley’s guilty plea complied with the mandates set forth in Boykin v. Alabama. [1]   Markley has not filed any documents with this court on his own behalf.

After a review of the record as required by Anders v. California [2] and State v. Williams, [3] we hold there are no directly appealable issues that are arguable on their merits.  Accordingly, we dismiss Markley’s appeal and grant counsel’s petition to be relieved. [4]


HEARN, C.J., and GOOLSBY and SHULER, JJ., concur.

[1]   395 U.S. 238 (1969).

[2]   386 U.S. 738 (1967).

[3]   305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991).

[4]   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.