Prison time expected for two in crack case

JOHNSTOWN – Two men who were found with crack cocaine when police were looking for a parole violator will be spending the next few years in prison.

Joshua Tyrrell, 28, whose address is unavailable, pleaded guilty March 1 to a felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance before Fulton County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye.

Under terms of a plea arrangement with the district attorney’s office, he is expected to receive three years in prison and two years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced under terms of a plea deal on May 8.

A second man, Mitchell Ostrander, 24, whose address is unavailable, 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.

Gloversville police were working with the state Parole Board to locate Ostrander, who was wanted on a parole violation, when they were led to an apartment at 17 N. McNab Ave. Inside, police said they found Ostrander and Tyrrell, who also was on parole, as well as crack cocaine that was to be sold.

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.

Ostrander is incarcerated in the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, Dutchess County.