JOHNSTOWN - A Schenectady man charged in November by federal marshals for fleeing a traffic stop in Gloversville five months earlier and leaving behind crack cocaine was sentenced Tuesday in Fulton County Court to 1 1/2 years in state prison.
Tyshawn C. Rhea, 27, was also sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye to one year post-release supervision and a six-month driver's license revocation as part of a plea arrangement.
Sentencing was based on his May 10 guilty plea to one felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The defendant was charged Nov. 28 on a warrant with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. When the arrest was made, Gloversville police said Rhea had fled the city after a traffic stop five months prior, leaving behind crack cocaine.
Police said Rhea was stopped on the corner of West Pine Street and McNab Avenue around 6:30 a.m. June 30, 2011 because he fit the description of a man who was wanted.
Rhea wasn't the person police were looking for, but police said the man consented to a search of his vehicle. At that point, police said, officers noticed he was trying to conceal a plastic package underneath his arm.
When officers questioned him about it, Rhea ran away and dropped the package, leading police and the Johnstown Police Department's K-9 unit on a foot pursuit into the woods off McNab Avenue, police said.
The package contained several wrapped pieces of crack cocaine with a street value of more than $1,000, police said.
The U.S. Marshals Service's violent fugitive task force found Rhea because of information marshals gathered while investigating Tyquanne Madison's involvement in a shooting of 24-year-old Codie Hayward on Littauer Place in the city on Aug. 12, 2011. Hayward was shot four times in his apartment, but survived. Madison was sentenced July 13 in Fulton County Court to 25 years to life for the shooting.
Madison and Rhea are from the same Brooklyn neighborhood and are acquaintances, according to authorities.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at email@example.com