Quentin Patrick, accused of killing a 12-year-old Sumter trick-or-treater in 2008, lost an appeal of his firearms possession conviction and prison sentence of nearly 17 years, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles announced Friday.
U.S. District Court Judge Margaret Seymour granted the government’s dismissal motion this week.
Patrick, 27, sought to have his sentence reduced, challenging his classification as an armed career criminal. He still faces a state murder charge.
Patrick is accused of firing through his front door in Sumter when he heard someone on the porch on Halloween night 2008.
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T.J. Darrisaw died after about 30 rounds from an AK-47-style rifle were fired, the U.S. attorneys office said. The boy was struck 11 times.