Nicki Minaj’s brother Jelani Maraj was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the rape of his stepdaughter.
Jelani Maraj, 41, was found guilty of ‘predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child’ in 2017 and on Monday, Nassau County Supreme Court Judge, Robert McDonald, refused to give him a soft sentence.
Maraj has been held in custody, awaiting sentencing, since he was found guilty of the felony following a three week trial.
The victim, who is now 14, took to the stand and testified in detail about the sexual assaults that she said occurred as frequently as four times a week and sometimes twice a day.
The girl told the court that Maraj threatened her and slapped her if she refused his advances.
“I thought he would send me away from my mother. … That’s what he said would actually happen. So I didn’t say anything,” the girl explained to the prosecutor, Emma Slane.
Her younger brother also testified that he witnessed one assault.
The prosecutor said DNA evidence recovered from the girl’s pyjama pants were linked to Maraj.
Neither Maraj or his singer sister testified, despite during the opening arguments defence lawyers said Nicki Minaj was on the witness list.