Nicki Minaj's brother convicted of raping a child

Nicki Minaj's brother convicted of raping a child

Nicki Minaj's brother Jelani Maraj faces 15 years to life in prison on the sexual assault conviction.

Maraj, who long denied the allegations, was tried in Nassau County, New York. Maraj is scheduled to be sentenced on December 14. The guilty verdict carries with it a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Neither Maraj nor his sister, whose birth name is Onika Tanya Maraj, testified in the trial. He is now in Nassau County Jail and is set to be sentenced next month.

The verdict in the trial of Jelani Maraj capped a sordid three-week Nassau County Court prosecution rife with horrific testimony from the shaken accuser about the unrelenting abuse. The defense attorney David Schwartz also accused Maraj's ex-wife of planting DNA evidence.

"She was never involved as far as what we did", Ray III testified.

According to CBS News, Maraj's attorney said he will appeal, as he believes the sexual assault allegations were a ploy by Maraj's now ex-wife, Jacqueline Robinson, who allegedly wanted to extort him for $25 million to keep quiet.

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"Justice demanded that this defendant be held accountable for these heinous acts and we are thankful to the jury for their careful deliberation", said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas in a statement to PEOPLE.

The accuser, now 14, girl testified that Maraj, 38, anally raped her at one point, slapped her in the face and ordered her to remain mute about his actions. She told jurors Maraj treated her as if she was his own daughter before the abuse then began.

Maraj maintains the rape accusations were invented by the victim's mother in an attempt to go after Nicki Minaj's family fortune.

Jelani Maraj was found guilty of raping an 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions.

The girl's brother, now 10, testified that he saw Maraj's "private parts" touching his sister after he walked in on the two of them in 2015 partially clothed.

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