Connect with us

Entertainment

Charles Polevich Sentenced To Jail For Killing Nicki Minaj’s Father, Robert Maraj

Published

on

A hit-and-run driver, Charles Polevich, 72, who killed Robert Maraj, the 64-year-old father of American rapper Nicki Manaj, has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Charles Polevich Sentenced To Jail For Killing Nicki Minaj’s Father, Robert Maraj

Charles Polevich Jailed For Killing Nicki Minaj’s Father

KanyiDaily had reported how Robert was killed after being hit by a vehicle that left the scene of the accident between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue in Nassau County, New York.

Polevich was said to have initially got out of his car and looked at the injured man on the ground, but then drove off, didn’t call 911, garaged his car, and covered it with a tarp.

The driver later turned himself in for hitting Robert after police officers tracked him down to his home in Mineola and found his damaged car in the garage.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of three years behind bars, but Nassau County Judge Howard Sturim was however said to have reduced the sentence to one year.

READ:  Pope Francis Advise Nigerian Government To Rehabilitate The Released 21 Chibok Girls

Polevich, who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene and tampering with evidence in the crash that killed Maraj, was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.

“One year? That’s a slap in the face for the family,” Nicki Minaj’s mom, Carol Maraj, told the judge. “[He] just left him on a street like a dog.”

The judge reprimanded Polevich for his “cold and callous reaction” to hitting Maraj and said, “the criminality here was a result of the defendant leaving the scene.”

But the light sentencing came because Polevich had no prior criminal history and wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol, said Sturim. He added that “his criminality… was not the cause of death.”

READ:  35 killed, 200 houses destroyed in Jos flood

“Your Honor, this is is not a good citizen in my eyes,” Carol Maraj said. “He looked at him and left him [on the roadside]. Is that a good citizen?”

Polevich’s lawyer, Marc Gann, suggested his client may have had a medical issue at the time of the crash and that he wasn’t fully aware of what had happened when he fled.

Polevich said in court that he’s “been heartsick since realizing the extent of the tragedy” and that there was “no excuse” for his behavior.

Wearing glasses and a somber expression, Polevich also spoke in court, offering his “sincerest apologies” to the victim’s family.

READ:  Kylie Jenne Under Pressure As Entire Kardashian Family Cut Ties With Jordyn Woods Over Betrayal

“I feel deep sadness and remorse for the loss of Robert Maraj’s life. I feel compassion for his wife, Mrs. Maraj and [his] family. I had no malicious intent. I completely accept responsibility for my actions,” he said.

Polevich’s attorney said after the hearing that the autopsy report showed Maraj had alcohol in his system when he died.

“I don’t want to disparage anybody but there were substances in the autopsy report that Mr. Maraj appears to have been under the influence of at the time of the accident,” Gann told The Post, adding, “I’m not saying that minimizes Mr. Polevich’s criminal conduct or criminal responsibility.”

The tragic news about her father’s death comes four months after Nicki Minaj welcomed her first child with her husband, Kenneth Petty.

READ:  Skit Maker, Trinity Guy Remanded In Correctional Facility

Denola Grey Criticizes Parents Pressurizing Their Children To Get Married, Calls It Slavery
Celebrities1 hour ago

Denola Grey Criticizes Parents Pressurizing Their Children To Get Married, Calls It Slavery

Tems And Ayra Starr Are Bigger Than Wizkid, Burna Boy, Fela Kuti" - OdumoduBlvck [Video]
Entertainment2 hours ago

Tems And Ayra Starr Are Bigger Than Wizkid, Burna Boy, Fela Kuti” – OdumoduBlvck [Video]

CAAF 2024: Visionary Leaders Set the Stage for Africa’s Climate Future 5
Events3 hours ago

CAAF 2024: Visionary Leaders Set the Stage for Africa’s Climate Future

Davido Drags Sophia Momodu To Court Over Custody Of Their Daughter, Imade Adeleke
Celebrities4 hours ago

Davido Drags Sophia Momodu To Court Over Custody Of Their Daughter, Imade Adeleke

CAAF24 Reinforces Africa’s Urgency For Climate Change [Photos] 6
Events6 hours ago

CAAF24 Reinforces Africa’s Urgency For Climate Change [Photos]

Super Eagles Star, Kayode Olanrewaju Assaulted By Ex-Wife During Fight Over Properties
Celebrities20 hours ago

Super Eagles Star, Kayode Olanrewaju Assaulted By Ex-Wife During Fight Over Properties

Genevieve Nnaji Reveals Why She Refused To Join Hollywood
Entertainment21 hours ago

Genevieve Nnaji Reveals Why She Refused To Join Hollywood

"He Who Finds A Good Woman Findeth A Good Woman" - Speed Darlington Unveils His Lover
Entertainment21 hours ago

“He Who Finds A Good Woman Findeth A Good Woman” – Speed Darlington Unveils His Lover

Davido Reconciles With Lawyer Bobo Ajudua, Enlists Him For His Upcoming Wedding
Entertainment22 hours ago

Davido Reconciles With Lawyer Bobo Ajudua, Enlists Him For His Upcoming Wedding

Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn In For Second Term As South Africa's President
Politics22 hours ago

Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn In For Second Term As South Africa’s President

Phyna Tackles Whitemoney, Denies Receiving Her Remaining BBNaija Prizes
Celebrities23 hours ago

Phyna Tackles Whitemoney, Denies Receiving Her Remaining BBNaija Prizes

"He Will Join Mohbad" - Reactions As Sam Larry Reportedly Involved In Car Accident [Video]
Celebrities1 day ago

“He Will Join Mohbad” – Reactions As Sam Larry Reportedly Involved In Car Accident [Video]

"I'll Be Richer Than Olamide In Couple Of Years" - Ex-YBNL Signee, Temmie Ovwasa [Video]
Entertainment1 day ago

“I’ll Be Richer Than Olamide In Couple Of Years” – Ex-YBNL Signee, Temmie Ovwasa [Video]

American Women Scam Nigerian Men, Not The Other Way Around - Caucasian Lady [Video]
Metro1 day ago

American Women Scam Nigerian Men, Not The Other Way Around – Caucasian Lady [Video]

Nkechi Blessing Taunts Ka3na Jones As She Flaunts Her Own Private Jet
Celebrities1 day ago

Nkechi Blessing Taunts Ka3na Jones As She Flaunts Her Own Private Jet

Mohbad’s Family Rejects Autopsy Result, Demands Independent Post-Mortem
Entertainment2 days ago

Mohbad’s Family Rejects Autopsy Result, Demands Independent Post-Mortem

Beautiful Photos From 2024 Ojude Oba Festival Celebration In Ijebu Ode [Videos]
Events2 days ago

Beautiful Photos From 2024 Ojude Oba Festival Celebration In Ijebu Ode [Videos]

Justin Timberlake Arrested For Driving Under Influence In New York
Entertainment2 days ago

Justin Timberlake Arrested For Driving Under Influence In New York

Heavy Gunshots As Protesting Youths Chase Rivers LGA Chairman From Secretariat [Video]
Metro2 days ago

Heavy Gunshots As Protesting Youths Chase Rivers LGA Chairman From Secretariat [Video]

"Fubara Is The Power We Know" – Rivers Youths Chase Wike Agents Away From Council [Video]
Politics2 days ago

“Fubara Is The Power We Know” – Rivers Youths Chase Wike’s Agents Away From Council [Video]