THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals
The State, Respondent,
Eugene W. Kearns, Appellant.
Appeal From Spartanburg County
J. Derham Cole, Circuit Court Judge
Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-433
Submitted April 18, 2003 – Filed June 25, 2003
Assistant Appellate Defender Robert M. Pachak, Office of Appellate Defense, of Columbia, Appellant.
Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H. Richardson , all of Columbia; and Solicitor Harold W. Gowdy, III, of Spartanburg, for Respondent.
PER CURIAM: Appellant Eugene W. Kearns was convicted of trafficking in cocaine in excess of twenty-eight grams. The trial court sentenced him to 25 years and ordered him to pay a fine of $50,000. Kearns’ counsel attached to the final brief a petition to be relieved as counsel stating he had reviewed the record and concluded the appeal lacked merit. Kearns filed a pro se response.
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 Kearns’ appeal and grant counsel’s petition to be relieved.
CURETON, ANDERSON, and HUFF, JJ., concur.