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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of New York

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Antoinette T. Bacon
, United States Attorney

Oneida County Man Sentenced to 57 Months for Possessing Firearms and Ammunition as a Felon

Joseph W. Cromp, Sr. Possessed a Pistol, Rifle, and Over 100 Rounds of Ammunition Recovered During a Search Warrant

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - Joseph W. Cromp, Sr., age 47, of Blossvale, New York, was sentenced today to serve 57 months in federal prison for possessing two firearms and over 100 rounds of ammunition as a convicted felon, announced Acting United States Antoinette T. Bacon, John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and Acting New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen.

As part of his previous guilty plea, Joseph W. Cromp, Sr. admitted that he possessed a Rohm .22 caliber revolver and an Izhmash SAIGA 7.62 x 39 mm AK-47 style semiautomatic rifle, as well as 113 rounds of rifle ammunition that were seized pursuant to a search warrant by New York State Police from the defendant’s home in Blossvale, New York, on October 2, 2019. Cromp was previously convicted of the felony offense of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree in Oneida County Court on February 9, 2001. The search warrant and subsequent seizure of the firearms and ammunition followed a confrontation Cromp had with another man earlier in the evening.

In addition to the prison sentence imposed today, Joseph W. Cromp, Sr. was also sentenced to serve a three-year term of supervised release after he completes his term of imprisonment. His sentence also includes his forfeiture of the two firearms and accompanying 113 rounds of ammunition.

This case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the New York State Police, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick, with assistance from the Oneida County District Attorney’s office.

Prosecution of this case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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