In 2015, Jelani Maraj he was arrested after being denounced by violation of a minor, more specifically his step-daughter of 11 years. The defendant was at that time married to Jacqueline Robinson, and the small was the daughter of his new wife from a past relationship.
By that time, his sister Nicki Minaj paid 100 thousand dollars by way of security for his brother could get out of jail, but the final resolution of the case will stick to Jelani in prison.
After almost five years, finally the Supreme Court of Long Island has sentenced the defendant to serve a sentence of 25 years to life imprisonment by sexual assault against a minor and endangering the welfare of a child.
During the trial, the small, told in full detail as her stepfather had abused her from April to November of 2015, repeated twice a day while her mother was working.
In addition, specified that Maraj’s called them ‘the puppet’ and threatened to attack it physically if you oppose some kind of resistance.
In addition to his testimony, his little brother, who had witnessed what happened on more than one occasion, also testified during the trial, even though it was a DNA sample found on the pajamas of the little girl which eventually sentenced to Jelani.
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For its part, the defense stated that it was all a ruse prepared by Jacqueline to get a compensation of $ 25 million that would be borne by Nicki Minaj. However, the singer has not been involved in any of the trials, and since that time has been estranged from his brother, remaining aloof from the controversy.
Despite the fact that Jelani Maraj has been found guilty, their lawyers are going to appeal the sentence. In one of the final stages of the case, the defendant pleaded not guilty, claiming that at that time he had problems with alcohol: “I would like to apologize for the pain that I caused. I had a problem with excessive drinking”. We will have to wait to find out how to close this stage.