THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,

v.

Tyrone R. Simon,        Appellant.


Appeal From Florence County
B. Hicks Harwell, Jr., Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-223
Submitted January 29, 2003 Ė Filed March 20, 2003†††


APPEAL DISMISSED


Senior Assistant Appellate Defender Wanda H. Haile, of Columbia, of Ridgeland; for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster; Chief Deputy Attorney John W. McIntosh; Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H. Richardson, of Columbia; Solicitor Edgar Lewis Clements, III, of Florence; for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:† On September 18, 2001, Tyrone Simon pled guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and was sentenced to ten years imprisonment.†

Simonís appellate counsel submitted a petition to be relieved as counsel, stating he has reviewed the record and has concluded Simonís appeal is without merit.† The issue raised in counselís brief concerns whether Simonís guilty plea complied with the mandates set forth in Boykin v. Alabama, 395 U.S. 238 (1969).† Simon filed a document with the court containing similar arguments.

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 Simonís appeal and grant counselís motion to be relieved. [1]

APPEAL DISMISSED.

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