Man accused of killing 'Trick or Treater' in 2008 loses federal appeal

Quentin Lamar Patrick in 2008

Quentin Lamar Patrick, accused of firing more than 30 rounds into his front door from inside his home and hitting a 12-year-old boy who had come to Trick or Treat in 2008, has lost his appeal of his federal conviction and sentence on federal weapons charges relating to the case.

Patrick was sentenced to 16 years, 8 months in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

The victim, Tony 'TJ' Darrisaw, 12, had just walked up to Patrick's home on Wise Drive in Sumter, with his dad and brother and pulled open the screen door to knock when the shots were fired, according to evidence presented by the US Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors say the rounds were fired from an AK-47 style rifle, which had been modified to fire as a machine gun.

TJ was hit eleven times. His brother and father were each hit twice. The brother and father survived.

When police arrived, Patrick admitted to the shooting, according to testimony by police on the scene. They say Patrick said he thought he was being robbed.

Patrick had three prior state convictions for distribution of crack cocaine and one prior conviction for failure to stop for a blue light and siren, is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition, according to US Attorney Bill Nettles.

We are waiting to learn if Patrick still faces separate state murder and assault charges in TJ's death.