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NO. COA01-1444

NORTH CAROLINA COURT OF APPEALS

Filed: 16 July 2002

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA,

         v.                        Swain County
                                No. 00 CRS 1149
PEARLIE EUGENE MASON,
    Defendant-Appellant.
    

    Appeal by defendant from judgment entered 16 December 2000 by Judge Dennis J. Winner in Swain County Superior Court. Heard in the Court of Appeals 1 July 2002.

    Attorney General Roy Cooper, by Assistant Attorney General Daniel P. O'Brien, for the State.

    Haley H. Montgomery for defendant-appellant.

    BRYANT, Judge.

    Defendant Pearlie Eugene Mason pled guilty to first degree murder. After a sentencing hearing, and upon the recommendation of the jury, the trial court sentenced defendant to life imprisonment. Defendant appealed.
    Counsel appointed to represent defendant has been unable to identify any issue with sufficient merit to support a meaningful argument for relief on appeal, and asks that this Court conduct its own review of the record for possible prejudicial error. Counsel has also shown to the satisfaction of this Court that she has complied with the requirements of Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 18 L. Ed. 2d 493, reh'g denied, 388 U.S. 924, 18 L. Ed. 2d1377 (1967), and State v. Kinch, 314 N.C. 99, 331 S.E.2d 665 (1985), by advising defendant of his right to file written arguments with this Court and providing him with the documents necessary for him to do so.
    Defendant has not filed any written arguments on his own behalf with this Court, and a reasonable time in which he could have done so has passed. In accordance with Anders, we have fully examined the record to determine whether any issues of arguable merit appear therefrom or whether the appeal is wholly frivolous. We conclude that the appeal is wholly frivolous. Furthermore, we have examined the record for possible prejudicial error and found none.
    No error.
    Judges MARTIN and HUNTER concur.
    Report per Rule 30(e).

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