Popular rapper Nicki Minaj’s elder brother Jelani Maraj has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old child.
Jelani Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child following a 2017 trial in New York, relating to incidents with the minor.
His victim testified at a trial in 2015 that while her mother was at work, Maraj raped her multiple times a week and sometimes twice a day.
Maraj’s lawyer had asked the court for the minimum sentence of 10 years and now plans to appeal the judge’s decision.
The rape convict pleaded for leniency in court on Monday, saying that he suffers an alcohol problem and other health issues, including hypothermia, gout and anaemia.
It is reported that since the allegation, Maraj’s relationship with his rapper sister broke down. But the younger sister still visited him in jail after his conviction in effort to emotionally their mother.