The man accused of killing Robert Maraj, father of famous Trinidadian rapper, Nicki Minaj has pleaded guilty to the hit-and-run tragedy that occurred in February 2021.
On Friday, May 6, Charles Polevich, 71, appeared in the Nassau County court where he pled guilty to one count of leaving the scene of an accident and another count of evidence tampering. Judge Howard Sturim declared that the accused would get “no more than one year in jail,” along with community service and a suspended license.
Marc Gann, Polevich’s lawyer stated by phone after the court session that his client feels “tremendous empathy for Mr. Maraj’s family and tremendous remorse for any role he played in his death.” He also mentioned that Polevich might have a medical problem, whilst alluding that he might not have been “fully aware of what he was doing”.
Carol Maraj, the wife of the deceased has since expressed her disappointment with the planned sentence ruling from the judge and has told news reporters that she was not happy with this level of “justice”. A $150-million lawsuit was also filed against Polevich.
On February 12, 2021, 64-year-old Robert Maraj was crossing the street in Mineola, New York at about 6:15 p.m. when he was hit by a vehicle driven by the accused. Reports are that Polevich initially stopped his vehicle but soon after fled the scene of the crime.
Maraj later succumbed to his injuries after being transported to the hospital in critical condition.