In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,


Brian Scott Helms,        Appellant.

Appeal From York County
Lee S. Alford, Circuit Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-517
Submitted May 30, 2003 – Filed August 27, 2003


Assistant Appellate Defender Eleanor Duffy Cleary, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H. Richardson, all of Columbia; and Solicitor Thomas E. Pope, of York, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Brian Scott Helms was charged with carrying a pistol unlawfully and trafficking in cocaine in an amount more than 200 grams, but less than 400 grams.  He pled guilty to carrying a pistol unlawfully and trafficking in cocaine in an amount more than 28 grams, but less than 100 grams.  He was sentenced to one year, suspended upon the service of two years probation, for the gun charge.  As to the drug charge, he was sentenced to fourteen years, plus a $50,000 fine, provided upon the service of fourteen years, the balance is suspended.  Helms’s appellate counsel filed a brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967).  Counsel additionally submitted a petition to be relieved from representation, asserting there are no directly appealable issues of arguable merit.  Helms did not file a pro se response with the Court.

After a review of the record pursuant to Anders and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we dismiss the appeal and grant counsel’s petition to be relieved. [1]


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

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