The man who killed the father of rap artist Nicki Minaj in a hit-and-run last year will serve some time behind bars.
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As previously reported, Nicki’s father, Robert Maraj, was struck and killed in February 2021, at the age of 64. At the time, cops on Long Island reported that the driver, 71-year-old Charles Polevich, fled the scene and tried to hide the car in a detached garage. As reported by ABC7 New York, Polevich will serve a year in jail after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of an incident without reporting and tampering with physical evidence. Polevich is also ordered to pay a $5000 fine and have his license suspended for six months.
Prosecutors initially sought a sentence of up to three years, but according to Nassau County Judge Howard Sturim, Polevich would receive no more than a year when he plead guilty in May. Polevich’s lawyer, Marc Gann, claimed that his client may have had a medical issue at the time of the crash and wasn’t fully aware of what happened at the time. Gann argued for a 90-day jail sentence, claiming other factors may have contributed to the crash. The other alleged factors, according to Gann, include road construction, inoperable street lights, and Maraj’s physical condition.
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Maraj’s widow, Carol Maraj, called the sentence “a slap to the face of the family.” She is currently suing Polevich for the death.