Nicki Minaj’s Brother sentenced to 25 years for Rape
American rapper Nicki Minaj’s elder brother Jelani Maraj has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for child rape.
Jelani has been in and out of court for the last four years after being arrested in December 2015 on child rape charges.
He was accused of sexually assaulting his 11-year-old stepdaughter at the time.
During the trial in 2017 that took place in New York the girl’s then 10-year-old brother revealed how he had seen the rape occur in his sister’s bedroom.
While on the stand, the boy told the Nassau County Supreme Court that he had been threatened by Maraj to keep his mouth shut about the horrific event. “Jelani said I wouldn’t see my mother again if I told on him. His face was kind of mad,” he said
The victim also revealed how her stepfather had begun to brutally attack her four months into the marriage to her mother and warned her to keep quiet. Prosecutors had alleged that the assault would occur four times a week, with DNA belonging to the 40-year-old found on the little girl’s pajama pants and medical examinations showing evidence of penetration.
Jelani has now been convicted of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
After facing a minimum sentence of 15 years to life imprisonment, he will also spend at least 25 years behind bars and will likely be in prison until he is in his 60s.