Charles Polevich, the man who pleaded guilty in May 2022 for a hit and run accident that claimed the life of Robert Maraj, father of famous Trinidadian rapper, Nicki Minaj, has been sentenced to one year in prison.
He was also ordered to pay a $5, 000 fine and his driver’s license will be suspended for six months upon release.
Polevich was charged with two felonies; one count of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting and one count of tampering with physical evidence. Police authorities say that he admitted to having stowed away the Volvo that was used to fatally kill Maraj.
According to CBS News, on May 6, 2022, when the accused appeared before presiding Judge Howard Sturim in the Nassau County court, the judge declared that 72-year-old Polevich would not be sentenced to longer than a year in jail.
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.