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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of South Carolina

For Immediate Release

August 16, 2013

Contact Person: Stacey D. Haynes
(803) 929-3000

Sumter Trick or Treat Shooter Loses Federal Appeal

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today that QUENTIN LAMAR PATRICK, a/k/a "Yop", age 27, of Sumter, South Carolina, lost his appeal of his federal conviction and sentence of 200 months (16 years and 8 months) imprisonment on the charge of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2) and 924(e). Senior United States District Court Judge Margaret B. Seymour granted the Government's motion to dismiss and dismissed the appeal with prejudice in an Order filed August 13, 2013.

Evidence presented during the court hearings showed that on Halloween night, October 31, 2008, Daphne and Freddie Grinnell took their sons trick–or–treating in Sumter. After leaving the city's Halloween event, they decided to trick–or–treat at a few houses on their way home. At approximately 8:30 p.m., Grinnell and his sons, who were dressed in Halloween costumes, approached PATRICK’s home with trick–or–treat bags, as Grinnell’s wife and two–year–old son waited in the car. The family decided to stop at the home as the porch light was turned on, which they took to mean that the residents welcomed trick–or–treaters. When twelve–year–old Tony Darrisaw stepped onto the porch and pulled the screen door back to knock on the door, without warning, approximately thirty (30) rounds of bullets from an AK–47 style rifle, which had been modified to fire as a machinegun, blasted from inside the house, through the front doors and front wall of the house, striking him eleven times, his brother twice, and his father Freddie twice. Tony Darrisaw died from those fatal bullet wounds. When police arrived, PATRICK approached them and voluntarily admitted doing the shooting, saying, "I did it. I shot them." PATRICK later told officers that he fired the gun as he thought he was going to be robbed; yet he admitted that he never saw a weapon in their hands. PATRICK also admitted to officers that he had obtained the rifle from the Carolina Trader and bought the 9mm handgun from a guy on the street.

Inside PATRICK’s residence, officers recovered a Romarm SA/Cugir, model SAR–1, AK–47 style, 7.62x39mm caliber rifle with a thirty round extended magazine on the floor and a fully loaded Ruger 9mm caliber handgun in the bathroom sink, along with 7.62x39mm and 9mm ammunition. Officers also conducted a gunshot residue kit on PATRICK, which indicated that there was gunshot residue on both of his hands. Officers also found items (microwave, measuring cup, coffee maker and baking soda box) in the kitchen area of the home, all of which tested positive for crack cocaine.

PATRICK, who has 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. PATRICK was found to be an armed career criminal based upon those prior state convictions. On December 14, 2009, after earlier pleading guilty to the federal charge, PATRICK was sentenced by former Senior United States District Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr., to 200 months (16 years and 8 months) imprisonment with five (5) years of supervised release to follow.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sumter Police Department, as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases. Assistant United States Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office handled the prosecution of the case.