Nicki Minaj Dad’s Killer gets 1 year in jail & license suspended


The man who killed Nicki Minaj’s father in a hit-and-run last year has been sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty in May.

Charles Polevich admitted to leaving the scene of the incident in Long Island, New York, and tampering with evidence. Polevich struck Robert Maraj, 64, while Maraj was walking along Roslyn Road in Mineola in February 2021. Polevich stopped briefly to ask Maraj if he was OK, but didn’t call for help, prosecutors said. Instead, Polevich went home, parked the car — a white, 1992 Volvo station wagon — in his garage and covered it with a tarp, prosecutors said.

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Maraj was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead the next day. Prosecutors sought a sentence of one to three years behind bars, but Nassau County Judge Howard Sturim said in May, when Polevich pleaded guilty, that he would get “no more than one year in jail.”



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Nicki Minaj took to her website to pay tribute to her late father months after the incident. She stated the event was the “most devastating loss” of her life.

“Tho I can’t really bring myself to discuss the passing of my father as yet,” she wrote. “I can say it has been the most devastating loss of my life.”

Nicki Minaj paid tribute to her father on Instagram in May of last year, on what would have been her dad’s 65th birthday.

“Happy Birthday Daddy,” she wrote. “Miss u so much. So much. So so much. Rest In Peace. Oh my God.”

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