In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,


Velma Ruth Johnson,        Appellant.

Appeal From Aiken County
William P. Keesley, Circuit Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-497
Submitted June 9, 2003 Ė Filed August 26, 2003


Assistant Appellate Defender Eleanor Duffy Cleary, Office of Appellate Defense, 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;† and Solicitor Barbara R. Morgan, of Aiken, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: Velma Ruth Johnson appeals from her guilty plea to distribution of crack cocaine within proximity of a school.† She contends the circuit court erred by accepting her plea without detailing the importance of the rights she was waiving.† Johnsonís counsel attached to the brief a petition to be relieved as counsel, stating that she had reviewed the record and concluded this appeal lacks merit.† After a thorough review of the record and counselís brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we dismiss [1] Johnsonís appeal and grant counselís motion to be relieved.


HEARN, C.J., CONNOR and ANDERSON, JJ., concur.

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