Final member of pizza robbery gang sentenced

2010-10-06T15:30:00Z 2010-10-06T19:11:35Z Final member of pizza robbery gang sentencedAndrea J. Cook Journal staff Rapid City Journal
October 06, 2010 3:30 pm  • 

A Rapid City teenager who pleaded guilty to driving the get-away car after a failed robbery of a pizza delivery man in May was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison and five years of probation.

Bonita Bissonette, 19, also supplied the telephone used to lure the delivery man to Country Road, according to Pennington County deputy state’s attorney Josh Hendrickson.

Bissonette waited in the car while Delano Brafford, 18, and Anthony Steele, 21, attacked the delivery man, Hendrickson said.

The men aborted the robbery when the delivery man pulled a gun and shot Brafford.

The delivery man is still recovering from injuries that include a broken leg, Hendrickson said.

Bissonette was initially charged with conspiracy to commit burglary but was allowed to plead guilty to being an accessory to the attempted burglary. Both are Class 5 felonies that carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Steele and Brafford are serving 10-year prison terms for attempted second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery.

“They’re lucky they did not complete the robbery …” or they would have faced more serious charges, Hendrickson said.

Had the two men succeeded in robbing the delivery man, the penalty would have been up to 10 years in prison for second-degree robbery, rather than the five years each received for the attempt.

Kourtney Sparks, 21, was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery in connection with the incident.

Each of the conspirators was ordered to pay more than $11,000 in restitution to the victim and his insurance company.

Contact Andrea Cook at 394-8423 or

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  1. thirt4
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    thirt4 - October 07, 2010 2:23 am
    At what point do we quit referring to adults as "teenagers"? They committed a FELONY crime here and we still try to elicit sympathy by referring to them as "teenagers"? Come on now, they are ADULTS. Can we all just say ADULT? Thank you.
  2. Rush Mountmore
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    Rush Mountmore - October 06, 2010 5:04 pm
    I still think the pizza guy needs better firearms training and probably better equipment as he only got one out of three.
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