LONG ISLAND, NY – After a nearly three-week trial in a Long Island courtroom and two days of deliberation, Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, has been found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child, according to multiple outlets.
The 38-year-old New York native faces up to life in prison for raping his 11-year-old former stepdaughter. His sentencing is expected on December 14.
The victim took the stand last week and testified that Maraj would sometimes assault her up to four times a day. The victim’s younger brother also testified that he caught Maraj in the act and saw his sister’s underpants around her ankles.
Minaj didn’t testify nor did she attend the trial. Her brother also didn’t take the stand in his defense.
Maraj’s defense attorney, David Schwartz, said the accusations were part of an elaborate attempt to extort money from Maraj’s famous sister.
An alternate juror who was released from the case believed there was “not enough” evidence to convict Maraj.
Nassau County D.A. Madeline Singas told TMZ, “We hope that today’s verdict will help the family in the healing process.”