A Mississippi man who appeared on the 2010 OWN reality show about a soul food restaurant in St. Louis, belonging to his mother, hired two people to m*rder his nephew and then tried to cash in his life policy for $ 450,000.
James “Tim” Norman, 43, was convicted On Friday, of two federal contract killings and one charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with the d*ath of his nephew, 21-year-old Andre Montgomery in 2016, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Norman, whose mother owned a restaurant featured in Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, paid exotic dancer Terice Ellis $ 10,000 to lure her nephew to the place, and then another $ 5,000 to Travell Anthony Hill to shoot Montgomery, according to prosecutors.
Then prosecutors said Norman had tried to cash in the life insurance he had bought out for Montgomery just a few months earlier.
Both Ellis and Hill testified against Norman.
Norman took a stand in his defense, claiming he had a close relationship with his nephew and that he hired Ellis and Hill to question him about a break-in at his mother’s house, during which $ 220,000 in cash, jewelry and other items were stolen in June 2015 r.
He also claimed that the life insurance policy, filed just months before Montgomery’s d*ath, had been taken as a favor to a friend, Waiel Rebhi Yaghnam, a life insurance agent who was in need of business.
Jaghnam he took the fifth during trial but this summer pleaded guilty to fraud, according to post-dispatch.
Norman faces life imprisonment after his sentence in December after prosecutors decided not to carry out the d*ath penalty.
“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” which premiered in 2011, followed Robbie Montgomery, Norman’s mother and Montgomery’s grandmother, and her family “as they work to expand their empire, one soulful dish at a time,” according to OWN. He ran for nine seasons before being canceled in 2018.
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