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Driver in a hit-and-run that killed Nicki Minaj’s father sentenced to 1 12 months : NPR


Charles Polevich on the Nassau County Courthouse for sentencing on Wednesday in Mineola, N.Y. Polevich, the motive force in a hit-and-run crash that killed the daddy of rapper Nicki Minaj final 12 months has been sentenced to a 12 months in jail.

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Charles Polevich on the Nassau County Courthouse for sentencing on Wednesday in Mineola, N.Y. Polevich, the motive force in a hit-and-run crash that killed the daddy of rapper Nicki Minaj final 12 months has been sentenced to a 12 months in jail.

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MINEOLA, N.Y. — The driving force in a hit-and-run crash that killed the daddy of rapper Nicki Minaj final 12 months was sentenced Wednesday to a 12 months in jail, in step with a promise the decide made when the person pleaded responsible in Might.

Charles Polevich, who pleaded responsible to leaving the scene and tampering with proof within the crash on New York’s Lengthy Island that killed Robert Maraj, was additionally ordered to pay a $5,000 high quality and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.

Polevich’s lawyer, Marc Gann, steered his shopper could have had a medical situation on the time of the crash and that he wasn’t absolutely conscious of what had occurred when he fled.

Polevich, 72, mentioned in courtroom that he is “been heartsick since realizing the extent of the tragedy” and that there was “no excuse” for his conduct.

Maraj’s widow, Carol Maraj, mentioned in courtroom that Polevich had left her husband “like a canine on the road” and that sparing him an extended jail sentence was a “slap within the face for the household,” Newsday reported.

Polevich struck Maraj, 64, whereas Maraj was strolling alongside Roslyn Street in Mineola in February 2021. Polevich stopped briefly to ask Maraj if he was OK, however did not name for assist, prosecutors mentioned.

As an alternative, Polevich went dwelling, parked the automotive — a white, 1992 Volvo station wagon — in his storage and lined it with a tarp, prosecutors mentioned. Maraj was taken to a hospital and pronounced useless the subsequent day.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of 1 to a few years behind bars, however Nassau County Decide Howard Sturim mentioned in Might, when Polevich pleaded responsible, that he would get “no multiple 12 months in jail.”

Brendan Brosh, a spokesperson for the Nassau County district lawyer’s workplace, mentioned that “given the severity of the defendant’s conduct,” prosecutors felt a stiffer sentence was warranted.

“We proceed to specific our condolences to the household of Robert Maraj,” Brosh mentioned.

Gann requested for a 90-day jail sentence, arguing that different elements exterior of Polevich’s management have been partially in charge for the crash, together with street building, road lights that weren’t working and Maraj’s bodily situation.

Maraj’s widow, Carol Maraj, is suing Polevich over the crash.

Polevich, who had been splitting time between Lengthy Island and Guam, the place he runs a drilling and water purification enterprise, surrendered to police a number of days after the crash.

Detectives mentioned they used items of surveillance video to trace the Volvo concerned within the crash to Polevich’s Mineola dwelling.

Nicki Minaj, the platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rapper of “Anaconda,” “Tremendous Bass” and different hits, was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and was raised in Queens.

In a publish on her web site, Minaj, 39, known as her father’s demise “essentially the most devastating lack of my life.”

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