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Three men who robbed West Side women at gunpoint headed to prison

One year after robbing three women at gunpoint on West Side streets, three young men are heading to prison.

Ronnie Dixon, 23, of Langfield Drive, was sentenced this week to five years after pleading guilty to charges of armed robbery and criminal use of a firearm. The same sentence was given earlier this year to codefendant Demario Bishop, 20, of Beck Street, who also pleaded guilty.

Sentencing has been delayed for the third person in the group, Brandon Cyrus-Small, 18, because, after pleading guilty to the robberies in November, he was charged with another offense, assaulting a fellow inmate in Erie County’s Alden Correctional Facility on Dec. 2.

On Friday, Cyrus-Small pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to attempted assault in the second degree for striking another inmate with a tray.

Justice Russell P. Buscaglia set sentencing for Cyrus-Small in both cases for April 27, committing to an indeterminate sentence of up to four years for the assault, to run concurrent with the robbery sentence.

Dixon, Bishop and Cyrus-Small were arrested March 3, 2015 just hours after the robberies. Investigators said the three first confronted two women near a parked car in the first block of 14th Street at about 3:30 a.m. and stole their valuables, and shortly thereafter robbed another woman at 17th and Connecticut streets. Police recovered jewelry, cellphones and cash, and the women were able to identify their assailants.