[BREAKING] Nicki Minaj’s Brother Jelani Maraj Found Guilty In Child Rape Trial
Jelani Maraj has been found guilty of raping his former stepdaughter.
After a month of deliberation, a Nassau County jury has found Jelani Maraj guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. According to TMZ, Maraj is facing 25 years to life in prison. He will be sentenced on December 14.
In 2015, Maraj repeatedly raped the daughter of his ex-wife, Jacqueline Robinson. The victim, who was 11 years old at the time, testified in court last week – sharing gruesome details of the times that Maraj sexually assaulted her.
“It was a Saturday morning. I had went to him to go say “good morning.” I had hugged him as usual. I went to go lie next to him as I usually do. When I did that, he told me to go close the door. He told me to take off my pants. Then he told me to come under the covers with him and he started caressing me.” The young girl stated that Maraj threatened to take her mother away if she told anyone what was going on.
Earlier today, a juror told PageSix that the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case, “Based on what the judge said for us to do on the evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt, I don’t think there was enough evidence there to convict him.”
The victims family has yet to release an official statement, however, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas told TMZ “we hope that today’s verdict will help the family in the healing process.”
Maraj’s lawyer, David Schwartz, says the alleged abuse was made up in an attempt to extort $25 million from Nicki Minaj.