American rapper, Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for repeatedly raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter.
He was sentenced in a New York court on Monday by Judge Robert McDonald for predatory sexual assault against a child that lasted more than three weeks and endangering the welfare of a child.
Although he denied the allegations, claiming the story was concocted to extort his famous younger sister, his stepdaughter took the stand in a 2017 trial to narrate how he raped her in their Baldwin home while he was married to her mother.
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He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, two years after a jury handed down the guilty verdict for the sexual abuse which began in 2015
The rapper, whose real name is Onika Maraj-Petty, didn’t testify during the trial despite claims made by her brother’s defence team that she would but visited her brother while he was locked up.
“Maraj was actually found guilty in November 2017. We will be appealing this excessive sentence. There was clear juror misconduct amongst other issues,” Jelani Maraj’s attorney David M. Schwartz said.
In October 2019, a Nassau County judge denied Maraj and Schwartz’s bid to have the verdict overturned.