James Timothy Norman is going to spend the rest of his life behind the bars. The former Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s alum has been sentenced to life in federal prison after his conviction for plotting the 2016 murder of his nephew.
Norman learned the final verdict on Thursday morning in St. Louis federal court following a week-long trial in September. The jury sat down and discussed the case for nearly 17 hours and determined the fate of Tim. Read on to know more about the whole case.
Tim Norman has been sentenced to life in prison
On Thursday, the jury stated that Tim Norman was guilty of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in the fatal shooting of his 20-year-old nephew, Andre Montgomery.
As per the Justice Department, James who was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network show Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, took out a life insurance policy worth $450,000 on Andre in the year 2014. Later on, he hired three individuals to carry out the murder of his nephew Montgomery on March 14, 2016.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Sayler A. Fleming said, “Tim Norman sought to make $450,000 by having his nephew, Andre Montgomery, killed. Instead, he was caught and will spend the rest of his life in prison. Although Andre’s family was robbed of their loved one, hopefully this result will provide some measure of peace and justice for them.”
During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, U.S. Attorney Angie Danis said that Norman “portrayed one image to the public, but there were more sinister intentions lurking underneath.” She went on to say, that “when he thought no one was watching, he planned the execution of his nephew and carried it out.”
Special Agent in Charge Jay Greenberg of the FBI St. Louis Division said, “Five families, especially that of the victim, are suffering and irreparably harmed as a result of Norman’s plot to have his own nephew murdered. At least all his co-conspirators have accepted responsibility. To this day, Norman hasn’t accepted responsibility despite the fact 12 jurors unanimously convicted him after seeing and hearing seven days of evidence in trial.”
Along with Tim, three other people were also charged for their roles in the murder of Andre. Travell Anthony Hill, the shooter, was sentenced to 32 years in prison in October 2022.
Norman’s insurance agent, Waiel Rebhi Yaghnam, was sentenced to 3 years in jail for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. In January, Terica Ellis was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire.
Recently, Tim Norman proclaimed his innocence on Instagram
Nearly a week ago, Tim took to his Instagram page and proclaimed his innocence. At that time, he wrote, “Thank you for all the prayers. I’m still in disbelief. The feds know 100% I did not do those insurance policies.”
Norman further added, “But the jury didn’t get to hear that. And not one person got on the stand and said that I told them to hurt my nephew. They destroyed my name and image so you guys wouldn’t search for the truth.” He concluded the post with the hashtag “innocent.”
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