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'Welcome to Sweetie Pie's' star Tim Norman sentenced to life in prison for murder-for-hire killing of nephew

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Former "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" star James "Tim" Norman was sentenced to life in prison Thursday in St. Louis after being convicted of arranging the 2016 murder of his nephew Andre Montgomery, Jr, 21, in order to collect a life insurance payment.

In September, Norman was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire and conspiracy to commit fraud.The 43-year-old starred alongside Montgomery in the long-running OWN reality show about their family’s soul food business in St.

Louis. Though Norman did not speak on his own behalf at the sentencing hearing, his lawyers submitted letters requesting leniency from family and friends including his mother and Montgomery's grandmother, Robbie Montgomery, per The Associated Press. "I don’t know whether Tim did what he was accused and convicted of," wrote Robbie, who founded the Sweetie Pie's restaurant chain.

She continued, "He is still the baby that I bore, and I love him as every mother involved loves their child." During the trial, prosecutors argued that Norman was responsible for arranging a murder-for-hire plot when he hired two people to kill Montgomery on March 14, 2016.They said he then tried to cash a $450,000 life insurance policy that he had taken out against Montgomery's life, on which he was the sole beneficiary.

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