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Northern District of New York

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Oneida County Felon Pleads Guilty to Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

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 46, of Blossfield, New York, pled guilty today to possessing two firearms and over 100 rounds of ammunition as a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, 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 New York State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett.

As part of his guilty plea today, Cromp 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 Blossfield, 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 followed a confrontation Cromp had with another man earlier in the evening.

At sentencing on October 27, 2020, Joseph W. Cromp, Sr. faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.  As part of his guilty plea, Cromp will forfeit both firearms and all ammunition seized during the execution of the search warrant at his residence. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the New York State Police, and is being 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.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Updated June 10, 2020