The hit-and-run driver charged within the crash that killed Nicki Minaj’s father on Lengthy Island final yr pleaded responsible on Friday — and was informed by the decide he would spend no multiple yr in jail, upsetting Minaj’s widowed mom.
Charles Polevich, a 71-year-old businessman, admitted in Nassau County state court docket to leaving Robert Maraj on the facet of the highway to die after he struck him whereas he was strolling alongside a snowy highway in Mineola in February 2021.
Polevich received out of his automobile, seemed over the injured Maraj and requested him if he was okay, earlier than he walked again into his 1992 Volvo and drove off with out calling 911, in line with the felony criticism. He drove residence and parked the automobile in his storage and coated it with tarp.
He pleaded responsible to tampering with proof for hiding the automobile.
Maraj, 64, died at a hospital the subsequent day.
Decide Howard Sturim stated Friday Polevich would obtain “no multiple yr in jail,” along with neighborhood service and a suspended license. He’s scheduled to be formally sentenced on Aug. 3.
Minaj’s mom Carol Maraj informed reporters that she was “not joyful” with the lenient sentencing. She stated that seeing Polevich within the courtroom left her shaking pondering of her husband preventing for his life within the hospital.
Maraj filed a $150 million lawsuit against Polevich in March 2021 claiming the Guam-based drilling and water-purification enterprise proprietor was negligent when he hit her husband and left the scene.
Prosecutor’s additionally disagreed with the deliberate sentence after looking for one to 3 years in jail for Polevich.
“Given the severity of the defendant’s conduct, we disagree with the sentencing dedication from the court docket,” Nassau County District Legal professional’s workplace spokesperson Brendan Brosh stated in an announcement, obtained by the Associated Press.
Polevich’s lawyer Marc Gann stated the deadly hit-and-run was “out of character” for his consumer, and steered he might have a medical situation that led to the accident.
“He does really feel super empathy for Mr. Maraj’s household and super regret for any position he performed in his demise,” Gann informed AP by cellphone after court docket.
Minaj — who was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens — reportedly had a rocky relationship along with her father, which they later reconciled.
After his demise, which she referred to as “probably the most devastating lack of my life” The Grammy-nominated rapper said she simply needed to select up the cellphone and name him.
“I discover myself desirous to name him on a regular basis. Extra so now that he’s gone. Life is humorous that means,” she wrote on her website after he was killed. “Might his soul relaxation in paradise. He was very beloved & can be very missed.”
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