More than a year after the death of Nicki Minaj’s father, the man who hit Robert Maraj has pleaded guilty to the crimes he committed. Charles Polevich, 71, attended an appeal hearing at the Nassau County Courthouse on Friday. He is accused of fleeing after being hit by a car and tampering with physical evidence.
According to TMZ, Polevich could face up to seven years in prison just for the crime of causing Maraj’s death. However, his sentence is unlikely to come close to that. “I will sentence you to no more than one year in prison”, said Acting State Supreme Court Justice Howard Sturim. The jurist added that the penalty will be increased with community services and suspension of the driver’s license.
The accused also told the Court that he hid the car used during the hit-and-run under a tarp when he arrived at his home. Carol Maraj, mother of the rapper, was at the hearing today (6). “I’m not happy about it… a year in prison. I’m not happy about it. I started to shake [na audiência] because it brought back all the memories of that night when I was sitting in the hospital.”she declared, according to Newsday.
Charles Polevich is due to return to court on August 3 this year to receive the final sentence. Defendant’s attorney, Marc Gann, said he believed the judge had considered “the life of a good worker” that your customer has to suggest is worth it. “None of us understands why he [Charles] left the crime scene because there is no allegation of illicit substance use. His driver’s license was in order. He had insurance”pondered Gann, also to Newsday.
Nicki Minaj has spoken out about her father’s death a few months later. The content was posted on the singer’s website. “While I really can’t talk about my father’s passing just yet, I can say that it was the most devastating loss of my life. I find myself wanting to call him all the time. More so now that he’s gone. Life is funny like that. May his soul rest in paradise. He was much loved and will be sorely missed.”he said.
At the time of the hit-and-run, Charles turned himself in to the Nassau County Police Department five days after the accident. He was charged but pleaded not guilty and was released on bail, according to Page Six..