In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,


Bobby Joe Brown # 1,        Appellant.


Appeal From Abbeville County
James W. Johnson, Jr., Circuit Court Judge
Wyatt T. Saunders, Jr, Circuit Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-640
Submitted August 20, 2003 – Filed November 4, 2003 


Assistant Appellate Defender Aileen P. Clare , 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 William Townes Jones, of Greenwood, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Bobby Joe Brown was indicted for trafficking crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and distribution.  He was tried in absentia on the trafficking charge and convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine (PWID).  Brown was sentenced to eighteen years imprisonment and a fine of $100,000.  Brown appeals.

Pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), counsel for Brown attached to the final brief a petition to be relieved as counsel, stating she had reviewed the record and concluded Brown’s appeal is without legal merit sufficient to warrant a new trial.  Brown filed a separate pro se response.

After a thorough 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.


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