By Brad Segall
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A Montgomery County judge has sentenced a 33-year-old Norristown man to life behind bars after he was found guilty of putting out a hit on a romantic rival nearly three years ago.
A jury found Tyuan Simon guilty earlier this year of first-degree murder, solicitation to commit murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.
Simon didn’t pull the trigger but put a $10,000 price tag on the head of Tyree Whiting.
Another man shot and killed Whiting outside Uptown’s Roo House Tavern in October 2010.
Simon maintained his innocence, but prosecutor Matthew Quigg says the evidence was overwhelming.
“The jury saw through that,” Quigg tells KYW Newsradio. “The jury saw the truth of the witnesses that we put on, saw the credibility that oozed from their testimony, so to speak.”
Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy called it a cold-blooded, calculated, and callous killing, and told Simon he was worse than the man who pulled the trigger.
Simon plans to appeal the verdict.