Former Missouri insurance agent sentenced to three years in prison for aiding reality TV star’s murder conspiracy

U.S. District Judge John A. Ross on Monday sentenced a former insurance agent to three years in prison for helping the former reality show star fraudulently obtain life insurance for his nephew, who he later killed.

Judge Ross said there was no evidence that Wyell “Wally” Levi Yagnam knew a murder would occur when he committed insurance fraud, but “it was the foreseeable outcome that bad things would happen.” he added.

Yaghnam, 44, pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. He admitted to colluding with James Timothy Norman to fraudulently enroll in the life insurance policy of Norman’s nephew, Andre Montgomery, Jr.

Norman and Yagnam began submitting applications for life insurance in October 2014. This involved numerous false statements about Montgomery’s income, net worth, medical history, employment, and family background in an attempt to obtain policy.

A $200,000 policy that includes a $200,000 accidental death rider to pay Montgomery if he dies of causes other than natural causes and a $50,000 term rider to pay if Montgomery dies within 10 years of the policy issue. finally issued.

After 21-year-old Montgomery was fatally shot by Traveler Anthony Hill at 3964 Natural Bridge Avenue in St. Louis on March 14, 2016, Norman repeatedly contacted the insurance company about the claim and later hired an attorney. I got help. Yaghnam made her two calls to an insurance agent trying to file a claim.

Montgomery’s relatives said in a statement at Monday’s hearing that Yagnam coached Norman on how to pretend to be Montgomery in order to get the necessary policies to benefit Norman with the hired murders. It pointed out.

Norman and Montgomery on reality show Welcome to Sweetie Pies.

Hill, 31, was sentenced last month to 32 years in prison for conspiracy to murder for hire and one count of murder for hire.

Norman, 43, who was convicted of murder for hire, murder for hire and conspiracy to commit mail fraud in September, is scheduled for sentencing on March 2.

Another co-defendant, Terika Ellis, 38, is scheduled to be found guilty of conspiracy to murder for hire on January 10. Ellis, an exotic dancer from Memphis, Tennessee, admitted to helping Norman find Montgomery, offering Hill his place, and luring Montgomery outside before the shooting.

The case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Angie Danis and Gwendolyn Carroll are prosecuting the case.


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