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      Halloween shooter loses appeal

      Quentin Lamar Patrick lost his appeal for owning an AK-47 rifle that he used to shoot at children trick-or-treating.

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - A man convicted of owning the guns that killed a 12-year-old boy in Sumter on Halloween 2008 will remain in prison, after losing his appeal in federal court.

      According to US Attorney Bill Nettles, Quentin Lamar Patrick, 27, appealed the 16 year 8 month sentence he got for owning an AK-47 rifle that he used to shoot at children trick-or-treating killing 12-year old Tony Darrisaw.

      At around 8:30 p.m. on Halloween 2008, Darrisaw, his father Freddie Grinnell, and his brothers approached Patrick's home. The front porch light was on, which they took to mean that the resident was giving out candy. Nettles said Darrisaw, dressed in a Halloween costume, knocked on the front door. Patrick grabbed his AK-47 rifle and fired thirty rounds. Darrisaw, his father Freddie and one of Darrisaw's brothers were hit by the bullets. Darrisaw was hit a total of 11 times.

      Patrick told Sumter Police he thought he was about to be robbed, so he began shooting.

      Patrick, a convicted drug dealer, is prohibited by federal law from owning guns and ammunition. He pleaded guilty on the firearms charges in December 2009.