In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,


Adrian Pearson,        Appellant.

Appeal From Richland County
L. Casey Manning, Circuit Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-639
Submitted August 20, 2003 Ė Filed November 13, 2003†††


Chief Attorney Daniel T. Stacey, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H Richardson, of Columbia, Warren Blair Giese, Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office, of Columbia, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: Adrian Pearson appeals from his guilty plea to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (ABHAN) and armed robbery.† Pearson contends the trial judge erred by accepting his guilty plea before ascertaining whether Pearson understood the facts of the case in regard to the applicable law. Pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), Pearsonís counsel attached to the brief a petition to be relieved as counsel, stating he reviewed the record and concluded Pearsonís appeal lacks merit.† Pearson did not file a separate pro se brief. 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] Pearsonís appeal and grant counselís motion to be relieved.


HEARN, C.J., ANDERSON, J., and CURETON, A.J., concur.

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