Brother to popular American rapper,NICKI Minaj brother has been sentenced for 25 years to life in prison after being found guilty of raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter.
The Sun UK reports that following his conviction in 2017, Jelani Maraj has been found guilty of ‘predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
The victim, who was his 11-year-old stepdaughter, said she was sometimes raped twice a day by Maraj
Judge Robert McDonald sentenced Maraj in a New York court on Monday, according to TMZ.
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 prosecutor said DNA evidence recovered from the girl’s pyjama pants were linked to Maraj.
Neither Maraj nor his singer sister testified, despite during the opening arguments defence lawyers said Nicki Minaj was on the witness list.
Minaj paid her brother’s $100,000 bail back when he was first arrested for the crime in 2015.
According to sources, the pair grew apart after his arrest but Nicki did visit her brother in jail a week after the conviction.
TMZ claim the rapper only visited her brother to support their mother, Carol.
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