Nicki Minaj’s brother Jelani Maraj was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the rape of his stepdaughter.
On Monday, New York’s Nassau County Supreme County Judge Robert McDonald sealed Maraj’s fate after he was found guilty of child sexual assault and endangering a minor in November 2017.
“You raped this child. You raped her over and over again,” the judge reportedly said.
During the 2017 trial, the victim — who was 11 years old at the time of the crimes — said Maraj raped her “repeatedly between April and November of 2015” at their home while her mother was at work.
The girl also said Maraj threatened and slapped her if she refused his advances.
“I thought he would send me away from my mother,” she explained to prosecutor Emma Slane. “That’s what he said would actually happen. So I didn’t say anything.”
However, Maraj denied the allegations and claimed the girl’s mother fabricated the story in order to get $25 million from his famous sister.
Though Nicki did not appear in court, Maraj’s lawyer, David Schwartz, read a 2016 letter where the rapper urged the court to give her brother a lighter sentence.
In her message, the musician said Jelani is the “most patient, gentle, genuine, giving, selfless man I know.”
Nicki did not testify in her brother’s trial but paid a November 2017 visit to him in jail with their mother, Carol.
Following Jelani’s sentencing, Schwartz says they plan to appeal.