Former ‘Sweetie Pie’s’ Star Tim Norman Sentenced To Two Life Sentences In Nephew’s Death

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James “Tim” Norman, 44, was sentenced to two life sentences Thursday for orchestrating a plot to kill his nephew that featured fraudulent life insurance policies, cash payouts and years of coverups.

U.S. District Judge John A. Ross sentenced Tim to life sentences on two murder-for-hire counts Thursday morning, calling the evidence at trial “overwhelming” proof that he masterminded the March 2014 St. Louis killing of his 21-year-old nephew Andre Montgomery. 

“It was a cold-blooded, incredibly premeditated, planned execution of your nephew,” Ross said before sentencing.

A jury found Tim guilty in September 2022. Both Tim and his nephew starred in “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” a long-running OWN reality show about the popular soul-food business founded by Robbie Montgomery, Norman’s mother and Andre’s grandmother in the St. Louis area.

Several of Montgomery’s family members, including his mother Michell Griggs, asked in court Thursday that Norman be sentenced to life. 

“His greed has hurt so many people. Not just my family,” Ms Griggs.

Witnesses during the trial testified Tim hired his nephew’s shooter, Travell Anthony Hill, for $5,000 and paid $10,000 to an exotic dancer, Terica Ellis, to lure Andre to his death in north St. Louis. 

Prosecutors presented evidence that Tim then attempted to cash out up to $450,000 in a fraudulent life insurance policy he took out on Andre and told Terica to stay quiet. 

His attorneys submitted several letters from family and friends asking for leniency on his behalf before sentencing, including from Norman’s mother and founder of the Sweetie Pie’s restaurants Robbie Montgomery. 

“I am writing to you to ask for mercy for my son. As a mother, I am devastated that my son has been accused and convicted of the crimes,” Robbie Montgomery wrote the judge.

She added that her older son was killed when Norman was 15 years old. Norman’s father was also killed when he was a child.

“I don’t know whether Tim did what he was accused and convicted of. He is still the baby that I bore, and I love him as every mother involved loves their child,” she wrote.

Source: STL Today


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