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Business partner fingered in Nesconset man's death

Suffolk police say a Nesconset man?s death was the result of a robbery plot concocted by the man?s business partner. Lawyer James DiMartino, 44, was found dead in the parking lot of a Chinese restaurant

News 12 Staff

Nov 18, 2008, 2:28 AM

Updated 5,721 days ago

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Suffolk police say a Nesconset man?s death was the result of a robbery plot concocted by the man?s business partner.
Lawyer James DiMartino, 44, was found dead in the parking lot of a Chinese restaurant in Commack on Oct. 20. Police say DiMartino's business partner, 37-year-old Ronald Thornton, planned to rob him and enlisted the help of a topless dancer and her boyfriend to do it. All three have been arrested.
Police won?t disclose how much money was involved in the plot, but say Thornton, who owned a mortgage company with DiMartino, was down on his luck and hard up for cash. They say he told 19-year-old Monique Randall and 20-year-old Donavan Raysor, of Queens, they would all split the money if they helped.
At some point during the encounter, police say, DiMartino was shot and killed, but that was not the original intent. Prosecutors aren?t saying who pulled the trigger or if the three arrested were all at the scene when DiMartino was shot. The three are being held without bail.


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