In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,


Robert Lee Clayton,        Appellant.

Appeal From Clarendon County
Thomas W. Cooper, Jr., Circuit Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-616
Submitted August 20, 2003 – Filed October 21, 2003


Senior Assistant Appellate Defender Wanda H. Haile, 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 C. Kelly Jackson, of Sumter, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Robert Lee Clayton was tried in absentia for charges in connection with an armed robbery at the Guesthouse Inn on January 10, 2002.  The jury found him guilty of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.  At the opening of the sealed sentence, Clayton was sentenced fifteen years for armed robbery and five years, concurrent, for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.  Additionally, Clayton pled guilty to attempted second degree burglary for attempting to break into the Guesthouse Inn again on January 20, 2002.  The judge sentenced him to ten years, concurrent to his other sentences.  Clayton’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.  Clayton filed 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.