Rapper Nicki Minaj's brother CONVICTED of sexually assaulting child stepdaughter

Nicki Minaj's brother was just found guilty in his child rape trial... a case that lasted nearly 3 weeks

Jelani Maraj, the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, is planning to appeal his child rape case following his conviction Thursday.

Jelani Maraj was convicted of repeatedly raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter. He was convicted of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

The defendant's mother, Carol Maraj, 57, of Old Westbury, testified the alleged victim's mother, who was then her daughter-in-law, made the comment she perceived as an extortion threat while driving her to a Hempstead court so she could try to see her son after his December 1, 2015, arrest.

The first sexual assault occurred in April 2015, just fourth months before the girl's mother married Maraj in $30,000 celebration where Minaj picked up the tab, officials charged.

He faces 25 years life behind bars when he is sentenced next month. Additionally, Maraj's brother who is now 10-years-old said he saw Maraj's "private parts" touching his sister.

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The victim's younger brother allegedly discovered the abuse, walking in while Maraj was assaulting the girl.

She also told the jury Maraj warned her to keep the abuse a secret, Brosh confirms. The prosecutor told the jurors it would be up to them to determine whether the testimony of the two children was credible. A scientist testified the DNA was a 1 in 291 billion match to Maraj. Maraj would molest the girl when her mother (his then-wife) would go to work.

James R. Ray III, a civil attorney who briefly represented the mother, testified that he did demand $25 million from Jelani Maraj after he had already been arrested to settle a potential civil lawsuit, but he said the girl's mother was unaware of the demand. The woman later fired him as her attorney. He will be sentenced on 14 December.

Naclerio, the only juror who spoke after the trial, said the victim's mother's alleged comment about money could have been "about a lot of different things", including "how much it was going to cost them in lawyer fees".

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