Man gets prison term for drugs

JOHNSTOWN – A city man convicted of crack-cocaine possession was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to three years in state prison as a second felony offender.

Joshua W. Tyrrell, 28, of Hoosac Street, was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye as part of a plea arrangement. He was sentenced to three years in state prison and two years of probation.

Tyrrell had been released from prison last year after serving a two-year sentence for attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He also served a six-year term for robbery before being paroled in 2009.

Sentencing Wednesday was based on Tyrrell’s March 1 guilty plea before Hoye to one felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Tyrrell was indicted by a county grand jury Sept. 21 on one felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The indictment said he and 24-year-old Mitchell L. Ostrander possessed crack cocaine with intent to sell at about 10:15 a.m. July 10 in Gloversville.

At the time, Gloversville police said a search by officers in the city for suspected parole violator Ostrander also netted Tyrrell, another parole violator.

City police said officers worked with state Parole Board officers to find Ostrander. Information led authorities to an upstairs apartment at 17 N. McNab Ave., where Ostrander and Joshua Tyrrell, also on parole, were found, police said. Following a search of the dwelling, police said, officers found crack cocaine.

Ostrander was sentenced by Hoye on Feb. 20 to 3 1/2 years in prison for criminal possession of a controlled substance after pleading guilty in December.

Motorcycle chase case

In another County Court case Wednesday, Skyler J. Hannon, 29, of 51 Bell St., Altamont, Albany County, was sentenced by Judge Richard C. Giardino to one year in the county jail, a $1,000 fine and $175 in restitution, for his conviction stemming from a September motorcycle chase.

The sentence was based on his Jan. 22 guilty plea – as part of a plea arrangement – to third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and unlawfully fleeing a police officer.

Hannon was charged Sept. 7 by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies with felony possession of marijuana, misdemeanor fleeing a police officer, misdemeanor aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and 30 other traffic violations.

Deputies said Hannon was riding a motorcycle at 9:50 p.m. and led deputies on a 15-mile chase that started in Ephratah, went through the city of Johnstown and ended in Fonda.

Michael Anich can be reached at [email protected].

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