On Friday, a federal jury found James Norman guilty of arranging the killing of his nephew.

James Norman convicted of a murder for hire charge
James Norman convicted of a murder for hire charge

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, jurors deliberated for about 17 hours over three days before deciding on its verdict in the murder-for-hire case against the ‘Sweetie Pies’ star.

In addition to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, he also faced mail and wire fraud charges.

In the long-running reality show, Norman starred alongside his nephew, Andre Montgomery. This series is about Norman’s mother and Andre’s grandmother, who founded a popular soul-food business in the St. Louis area.

According to prosecutors, the former star does not face the death penalty but is likely to end up the rest of his life behind bars. On December 15, the judge will impose the sentence.

The federal government has stated that James “Tim” Norman arranged for two individuals to kill Montgomery on March 14, 2016. Later, he attempted to cash in a $450,000 life insurance policy he had taken out on his nephew a month earlier.

As part of closing arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Angie Danis claimed Norman had conceived of the killing plan. She said, “This plan doesn’t exist but for Tim Norman’s greed.”

According to the prosecution, Norman paid $10,000 to an exotic dancer named Terica Ellis to entice his nephew to the shooting site. In addition, he offered Travell Anthony Hill $5,000 to shoot Montgomery.

Norman testified during the trial that he had helped his nephew move to St. Louis.

The 43-years-old supposedly supported Montgomery financially to watch out for him about 18 months before he was killed. It was his intention to be a father figure to his brother’s son.

The testimony of former Sweetie Pie’s employees and other character witnesses indicated a close relationship between Norman and his nephew.

According to Norman, he took out the life insurance policy on his nephew to reward Waiel Rebhi Yaghnam, a longtime customer of the family restaurants.

As a result of his plea agreement in July, Yaghnam admitted to conspiring to commit murder-for-hire and wire fraud.

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