Nicki Minaj / Jelani Maraj
Jelani Maraj, brother of 37-year-old rap singer Niki Minaj, was found guilty of raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter and sentenced to 25 years in prison. The court found his guilt proven two years after the jury passed a guilty verdict in this case. The witness was the brother of the victim.
Nicki Minaj did not come to court today to convict her older brother. His lawyer read her letter in the courtroom, written in 2016 in an attempt to commute a sentence to a relative. In that letter, Nicky called Gelanie "the most patient, gentle, sincere, selfless person she knows."
Jelani Maraj pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer announced preparations for the appeal.
I want to apologize for the pain I caused. I had a problem with excessive drinking,
– said Marazh, asking the court for clemency.
Former stepdaughter Jelani Maraj testified against him in court in 2017, accusing him of repeated violent acts committed while he was married to her mother.
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