In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,


Brian C. Sheridan        Appellant.

Appeal From Anderson County
Alexander S. Macaulay, Circuit Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-677
Submitted September 17, 2003 – Filed November 18, 2003


Deputy Chief Attorney Joseph L. Savitz, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster; Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh; Assistant Deputy Attorney General Donald J. Zelenka, of Columbia; Druanne D. White of Anderson, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:  Brian C. Sheridan was indicted of and subsequently pled guilty to murder and possession of firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit a violent crime.  Sheridan was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.  Sheridan appeals his sentence arguing the trial judge erred by accepting the guilty plea despite Sheridan’s insistence that he was insane at the time he committed the crimes.

Sheridan’s appellate counsel submitted a petition to be relieved as counsel, stating she has reviewed the record and has concluded Sheridan’s appeal is without merit.  Sheridan did not file a pro se brief with the court.

After a review of the record as required by Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we hold there are no directly appealable issues that are arguable on their merits.  Accordingly, we dismiss Sheridan’s appeal and grant counsel’s motion to be relieved. [1]


HUFF, STILWELL, and BEATTY, JJ., concur.

[1]   Because oral argument would not aid the court in resolving the issues on appeal, we decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rules 215 and 220(b)(2), SCACR.