Jelani Maraj In Court On Child Rape Case
Nicki Minaj’s brother may have a few more days to think over a plea bargain in his child sex abuse case.
Jelani Maraj appeared in a Long Island, N.Y., court Thursday morning to sign off on an adjournment of four days “to accommodate the defense counsel,” said Miriam Sholder, deputy communications director for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.
Last month, prosecutors offered the 37-year-old newlywed a deal of 15 years to life after they matched his DNA to semen found on his 12-year-old accuser’s clothes. Maraj is accused of raping and sodomizing the girl repeatedly between April 1 and Nov. 30, 2015 — the day before he was arrested.
Maraj, who has pled not guilty and is out on bail, walked briskly into the Nassau County courtroom Thursday. While waiting for the paperwork, Maraj appeared to shift in his seat and have trembling lips and bloodshot eyes. He told court staff he understood he would have to appear at the next hearing, signed the papers and moved swiftly out of the courthouse.