Blossvale man sentenced on possession charges after 2019 police standoff

A Blossvale man was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in federal prison Tuesday, after pleading guilty to illegally possessing two firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammunition as a convicted felon.

Posted: Apr 6, 2021 6:06 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2021 6:16 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A Blossvale man was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in federal prison Tuesday, after pleading guilty to illegally possessing two firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammunition as a convicted felon.

In 2001, Joseph W. Cromp was convicted of felony attempted assault, making it illegal for him possess guns.

After a 12-hour standoff with police on Oct. 2, 2019, a search warrant was executed at the 47-year-old’s home, where officers seized a .22 caliber revolver, an AK-47 style semiautomatic rifle, and 113 rounds of ammunition.

Prior to the standoff, Cromp had allegedly forcibly entered a home on Deeley Road in Blossvale on midnight, where police say he got into a fight with his 22-year-old son.

According to police, Cromp forced his son to go with him to his own home, also on Deeley Road, shortly after. Police were called to the home, and the son was able to leave without incident. However, Cromp refused to leave the house until around 12:30 p.m., 12 hours after police arrived to the scene.

He was taken into custody and charged with burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief.

As part of his plea, Cromp will also be under three years of supervision upon his release from prison.

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