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Trick-or-Treat Shooter Gets 30 Years

Trick-or-Treat Shooter Gets 30 Years

A man charged with the fatal shooting of a trick-or-treater in Sumter five years ago has been sentenced to prison.

Trial was scheduled to begin this week for 27-year-old Quentin Patrick, but he pled guilty to murder, two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill and one count of assault with intent to kill.

It was a tragedy that has haunted the holiday in Sumter County since Halloween night 2008 when a family stopped for some final trick-or-treating on their way home from a fun time in downtown Sumter.

But as 12-year-old T.J. Darrisaw walked up to Patrick's front door along South Wise Drive, the boy was met with a barrage of gunfire from inside.

Investigators say Patrick used an AK-47 assault rifle to fire more than 30 bullets through the door and wall, killing Darrisaw and also wounding his 9-year-old brother and their father.

Police say Patrick was a drug dealer who thought he was being robbed.

In return for the guilty plea to the murder and assault charges, an additional charge of manufacturing crack cocaine was dropped.

Patrick was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

 

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