Jelani Maraj; Nicki Minaj’s Brother Convicted Of Raping Underage Girl
Maraj, 38, the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was convicted Thursday of predatory sexual assault after being charged with repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home. Jurors delivered their verdict on the second day of deliberations in Jelani Maraj's trial. The charges carry the potential for 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 14. The girl, now 14, testified in excruciating detail about sexual assaults that she said occurred as frequently as four times a week and sometimes twice a day, mostly when Maraj was home alone with the girl. Prosecutors said DNA evidence recovered from the girl's pajama pants was linked to Maraj. The girl's younger brother also testified at the trial that he witnessed one assault. "We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process and that it will close this terrible chapter in their lives," District Attorney Madeline Singas said.