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Nicki Minaj’s brother is now a convicted rapist
Jelani Maraj will be incarcerated for a considerable amount of time after being found guilty of child rape on Thursday, November 9.
Newsday reports that Maraj (38), the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, was convicted in Nassau County Court on a felony charge of predatory sexual assault on a child. The jury also convicted him of endangering the welfare of a child.
His attorney claimed the allegations were made up by the victim's mother in an attempt to extort $25 million from Nicki
The trial lasted a month.
Maraj allegedly raped his 11-year old stepdaughter repeatedly at his Baldwin, New York home between April and November 2015 while her mother was at work.
He was immediately taken into custody after the verdict was read. State Supreme Court Justice Robert McDonald ordered him held without bail in Nassau County jail. Maraj had been free on bond.
He faces 25 years to life in prison.
Nicki Minaj‘s brother, Jelani Maraj, was just convicted in the child rape trial that has spanned nearly the last three weeks.
On Thursday, the verdict was handed down, and Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
His sentencing is set for Dec. 14, and he will face 25 years to life in prison.
“We hope that today’s verdict will help the family in the healing process,” Nassau County D.A. Madeline Singas told TMZ.
Maraj was accused of raping his then 11-year-old stepdaughter while she was living in the same house as him. In harrowing testimony, her younger brother testified that he had seen Maraj assaulting his sister when he was just 8 years old, and the girl herself testified that Maraj had threatened to take her and her brother away from their mother.
Although Maraj’s legal team had suggested that Nicki Minaj would testify to support her brother, she never testified at the trial.