On Friday (September 16), a St. Louis jury found James “Tim” Norman guilty of conspiring to kill his nephew among other charges.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that after over 17 hours of deliberations, the jury in the trial of the son of Robbie Montgomery, reality TV star and owner of Sweetie Pie’s restaurant, issued a guilty verdict on all charges, including conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire resulting in death and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
According to the criminal complaint against Norman, in 2016, he had conspired with an exotic dancer in Memphis, Tennessee, and others “to use a facility of interstate commerce, namely, a cellular telephone, to commit a murder-for-hire in exchange for United States currency.”
“Mr. Norman’s crimes were motivated by greed and while the evidence was voluminous and overwhelming, Mr. Norman’s plan was relatively straightforward. He fraudulently obtained life insurance in the amount of $450,000 on his nephew, Andre Montgomery, without Mr. Montgomery’s knowledge, he then used a paramour to locate Mr. Montgomery and a co-defendant to fatally shoot and kill him. Within days of his nephew’s murder, Mr. Norman started the process of getting the insurance company to pay the claim,” U.S. Attorney Sayler Fleming said following the verdict, according to CNN.
Currently, Norman is scheduled to be sentenced on December 15 and faces a “statutory penalty range of up to life imprisonment,” says Fleming.
Montgomery was the star of Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, which chronicled her family’s management of their popular business. Norman, among other family members, would make frequent appearances on the show, which aired on OWN Network for nine seasons from 2011 to 2018.