Last week, a Nassau County District Attorney offered Jelani Maraj a 15 year to LIFE plea deal for ‘predatory assault of a child.’ We’re told that Maraj has decided to reject the plea, and instead will put his fate in the hands of a jury.
Prosecutors allege that in 2015, Maraj [who is the older brother of rapper Nicki Minaj] repeatedly raped and sodomized his 12 year old victim over the course of eight months, with the last rape occurring just ONE day prior to his arrest in December 2015.
Maraj has pled NOT GUILTY to all charges, and has argued that the young girl was having sex with other men, but not him.
Many find Maraj’s plea very shocking, especially because the state has already announced that his semen was found on the accuser’s clothing!
In a released statement, Maraj’s attorney David Schwartz told Bossip.com:
“He is choosing to go to trial because he is not guilty of these allegations and has faith in our system of justice.”
Pretrial hearings are set to begin in less than two weeks.
Not only will the 12 year-old victim have to face Maraj, but if convicted he faces LIFE in prison!
Sidenote: We hear Nicki Minaj put up two homes as collateral in order to keep her brother out on bail.