ST. LOUIS –
Relatives confronted the person who fatally shot a former star of the St. Louis-based actuality TV present “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” when he was sentenced to 32 years in jail.
“How are you able to sleep?” Kalyn Griggs requested Travell Anthony Hill because the 31-year-old was sentenced Thursday on two murder-for-hire expenses within the the March 2016 dying of Griggs’ brother, Andre Montgomery. “Was the $5,000 price it?”
Hill admitted in June, by his plea, to conspiring with Montgomery’s uncle, James “Tim” Norman, who was the only real beneficiary of an insurance coverage coverage price as much as $450,000 in opposition to his 21-year-old nephew’s life. He instructed a good friend to pay Hill the $5,000 in money after the killing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Montgomery and Norman starred on “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” a long-running OWN actuality present a few family soul meals enterprise within the St. Louis space.
“We are usually not entire, and we by no means will probably be once more,” Montgomery’s brother, Darren Griggs, instructed the court docket. “Andre had a lot life left to reside.”
Hill apologized to Montgomery’s family throughout the listening to and requested U.S. District Judge John Ross for leniency. He mentioned two of his personal brothers have been killed in shootings the identical 12 months he shot Montgomery.
He argued he by no means killed for the cash, however to “defend myself.” He mentioned he has a son he has not been in a position to meet in particular person due to his incarceration.
“I’ve been lifeless inside because the day of the assassination,” Hill mentioned. “I apologize to everybody in court docket.”
The sentencing suggestion for the costs was life in jail, however the prosecution and protection had requested a 30-year sentence as a result of Hill cooperated with authorities.
He testified in opposition to Norman, who is about to be sentenced in March after he was convicted final month of two counts of murder-for-hire and wire and mail fraud.
Another conspirator, Terica Ellis, is scheduled to be sentenced in January after pleading responsible in July to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire. She admitted she lured Montgomery out on the road the night time of the killing and instructed Hill his location.