A Sumter man who shot and killed a 12-year-old trick-or-treater five years ago lost a federal appeal this week.
Quentin Lamar Patrick told police he thought he was getting robbed on Halloween night in 2008 when 12-year-old TJ Darrisaw and his family knocked at the door. Patrick fired around 30 rounds through his door with an AK-47.
Several members of the Darrisaw family were hit by stray bullets, but only TJ Darrisaw died after being struck 11 times.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Margaret B. Seymour granted a motion to dismiss 27-year-old Patrick’s appeal for his firearm and ammunition conviction in relation to that incident. Patrick will remain in jail for the next 16 years and 8 months.
Before his arrest in 2008, Patrick had three prior state convictions which included distribution of crack cocaine. Authorities say Patrick was prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition.