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Albany Felon Sentenced to 162 Months in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Tyler Purvis-Mitchell, age 28, of Albany, was sentenced today to 150 months in prison for possessing and intending to distribute methamphetamine-laced pills in the city of Albany.

Purvis-Mitchell, who was on federal supervised release at the time of his offense, was sentenced to an additional 12 months in prison, to be served consecutively, for violations of his release conditions, including for his reckless flight from members of the Albany Police Department (APD).

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); and APD Chief Eric Hawkins.

Purvis-Mitchell was convicted after a jury trial in December 2021.  The evidence at trial established that on May 7, 2020, Purvis-Mitchell possessed with the intent to distribute more than 125 pills containing methamphetamine and weighing over 50 grams, in his residence and his vehicle.  The jury voted to acquit Purvis-Mitchell of two felony charges for possession of a firearm as a felon and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also ordered that Purvis-Mitchell serve a 4-year term of supervised release following his release from prison.

This case was investigated by APD and ATF with assistance provided by the New York State Police.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Emmet J. O’Hanlon and Alexander Wentworth-Ping.

This case is 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.

Updated July 25, 2022

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