Man sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison

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A Vienna man has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for weapons possession following a 12-hour stand-off at his home in 2019.

Joseph W. Cromp Sr., 46, of Deeley Road, was sentenced in Federal Court in Syracuse on Tuesday to 57 months in prison on weapons possession charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Authorities said Cromp possessed a .22-caliber revolver and an AK-47-style semiautomatic rifle, along with 113 rounds of rifle ammunition, at his home on Oct. 2, 2019.

State police said shortly after midnight on Oct. 2, Cromp went to a residence in Vienna armed with a revolver and got into a fight with his 22-year-old son and another man. Troopers said Cromp forced his son to return with him to Cromp’s home, where the son was eventually able to escape without harm.

Troopers said Cromp refused to surrender and held off law enforcement for about 12 hours before turning himself over.

A search warrant was secured for the home and the guns and ammunition were found inside. Troopers said Cromp was not legally allowed to possess either because of a prior felony assault conviction in Oneida County from 2001.

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