A Sumter man who killed a 12-year-old trick-or-treater has lost an appeal of his firearms possession conviction and nearly 17-year prison sentence.
27-year-old Quentin Patrick was seeking to have his sentenced reduced, challenging his classification as an armed career criminal.
On Halloween night 2008, Patrick admitted firing through his front door when he heard someone on the porch.
It turned out to be 12-year-old T.J. Darrisaw, who was trick-or-treating.
Patrick fired about 30-rounds from an AK-47-style rifle from inside the house, saying later he thought he being robbed.
The boy died when he was struck 11 times.
Police say they found utensils in the kitchen that tested positive for crack cocaine, and Patrick has three prior state convictions for distribution of crack cocaine and was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.
He was found to be an armed career criminal based on those prior state convictions.