Sweetie Pies is a popular soul food restaurant that originated in St. Louis, Missouri, and has since expanded to multiple locations across the United States.
The restaurant chain gained nationwide fame when it was featured on the reality television show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) from 2011 to 2018.
The show followed the daily operations of the restaurant and the personal lives of the family who owned it, including Tim Norman, the son of the restaurant’s founder Robbie Montgomery.
However, the show abruptly came to an end in 2020 following Tim Norman’s arrest and subsequent legal troubles.
In July 2020, Tim Norman was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and interstate domestic violence.
The charges stemmed from an alleged plot to have his nephew, Andre Montgomery, murdered in 2016. Andre Montgomery was Robbie Montgomery’s grandson and Tim’s cousin, and he was gunned down in St. Louis in March 2016.
Norman was accused of orchestrating the murder-for-hire plot in an effort to collect a life insurance payout of $450,000.
Norman was initially held without bond pending trial, but in November 2020, a federal judge granted him bond and he was released from jail.
His trial was originally scheduled to begin in January 2021, but it was later delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The trial eventually began in March 2021, and after a two-week trial, a jury found Norman guilty of all charges.
In march 2023, Tim Norman sentenced to life in prison in Sweetie Pie’s murder-for-hire plot. ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV/AP) – A former St. Louis reality TV star convicted for his role in a murder-for-hire plot will be spending the rest of his life in prison.