2008_11_commack.jpgCharges related to a conspiracy to kill a man's business partner have been upped to first degree murder against the group accused after the Queens stripper that was hired to carry out the killing copped a plea with authorities. When Ronald Thornton of Commack wanted his neighbor and business partner James DiMartino dead, he turned to none other than his local stripper, Monique Randall of Queens. She then employed boyfriend Donovan Raysor and their friend, aspiring rapper Darnell Festus. The group then allegedly conceived the plot to kill DiMartino at Shady Al's Lounge on Jericho Turnpike--just near where his body was found. Randall has now agreed to testify against the gang after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Festus's lawyer defended his client to reporters, "I guess she first told a story about a robbery, then it's a murder-for-hire. What's next? She seems to be finally giving a story the district attorney's office is happy with."