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The former star of St. Louis-based television reality show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for arranging the shooting death of his nephew to collect a life insurance payment.
James “Tim” Norman did not speak on his behalf at his sentencing hearing in the March 2016 killing of his 21-year-old nephew, Andre Montgomery Jr.
Both men had starred in the long-running OWN reality show about the family’s soul-food business in the St. Louis area.
Norman’s attorneys submitted several letters from family and friends asking for leniency, including from Norman’s mother and the founder of the Sweetie Pie’s restaurants, Robbie Montgomery.
“I don’t know whether Tim did what he was accused and convicted of,” wrote Robbie Montgomery, the victim’s grandmother. “He is still the baby that I bore, and I love him as every mother involved loves their child.”
Prosecutors said Norman took out a life insurance policy worth $450,000 on Andre Montgomery and arranged to have him lured to a street in St. Louis, where another man shot him.
Several of Andre Montgomery’s family members, including his mother, Michelle Griggs, asked that Norman be sentenced to life, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
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