Nicki Minaj's brother sentenced to prison for child rape

11 November, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Nicki Minaj's brother sentenced to prison for child rape

Jelani Maraj, the 38-year-old brother of Nicki Minaj, was convicted Thursday of raping his stepdaughter.

According to reports, a 10-year-old initially testified in Maraj's case.

Prosecutors said DNA evidence recovered from the girl's pajama trousers was linked to Maraj.

The young girl, who is now 14, testified in court that her stepfather anally raped her at one point, and then slapped her in her face and told her to keep quiet about what was happening. Her brother, a witness, testified that Maraj threatened to have him removed from his family if he spoke about the abuse.

The case was handed to the jury, made up of eight men and four women, on Wednesday (08Nov17).

"Absolute absurdity", responded Assistant District Attorney Emma Slane.

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His sentence will be handed down next month - and he faces 25 years to life behind bars.

Maraj was arrested December 1, 2015, on charges of predatory assault, second-degree course of sexual conduct and a misdemeanor charge of acting in a manner likely to injure a child.

"We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process and that it will close this bad chapter in their lives", District Attorney Madeline Singas said.

Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement after the verdict that "justice demanded" Maraj "be held accountable for these heinous acts".

The prosecutor told the jurors it will be up to them to determine whether the testimony of the two children was credible. He told the court he had made the monetary demand but that the girl's mother was in the dark.

James R. Ray III, the previous defence attorney in the case, was sacked for demanding $25 million from Maraj following his arrest to settle a potential lawsuit. If she refused his advances, he physically attacked her, she testified, according to Brosh. She later fired Ray as her attorney. He will be sentenced on December 14. And Jelani Maraj did not testify in his own defense.

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