Jail Time: Nicki Minaj Brother Jelani Maraj Found Guilty Of Child Rape | Facing 25 Years To Life in Prison
Nicki Minaj’s older brother Jelani Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child today in a Long Island courtroom. TMZ reports he faces 25 years to life in prison and he’ll be sentenced on December 14. Maraj is facing 25 years to life in prison.
Maraj was found guilty after being accused of raping and sodomizing his pre-teen step daughter. The unnamed victim testified that Maraj repeatedly raped and coached her to be sodomized. Prosecutors said DNA evidence supported the allegations. A scientist testified that a stain on a pair of the victim’s pajama pants contained semen that was a 1 in 291 billion match to Maraj, but the defense argued that the pants may have been cross-contaminated with other laundry.
The girl, now 14, testified that her then-stepfather Maraj repeatedly sexually assaulted her between April and November 2015 while her mother was at work. The defense claimed that the allegations were made up in an attempt to extort $25 million from Maraj’s famous sister, which his ex-wife denied.
Nicki Minaj has no spoken about the case & did not appear in court to testify for her brother.