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Nicki Minaj’s dad’s killer received a light jail sentence after hit-and-run

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The driver who killed Nicki Minaj’s father in a hit-and-run has been sentenced to one year behind the bars.

Here is everything you need to know.

Nicki Minaj’s dad’s killer sentenced to 1 year in jail

Charles Polevich, the driver responsible for the demise of Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj was sentenced on the 3rd August 2022 Wednesday.

The older man was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine with his license being suspended for six months.

Polevich pleaded guilty to the hit-and-run case in May 2022. Regardless he was charged with a felony for leaving the scene of the accident. The 71-year-old man was also booked for tampering with physical evidence.

Polevich was originally facing seven years in prison, but Nassau County Judge Howard Sturim decided to go easy on him since has no previous criminal record.


The Guam native hit and killed Maraj with his car in February 2021 as the latter was strolling on Long Island. Furthermore, Polevich had initially stopped and despite noticing a heavily injured man he fled from the scene.

However, he surrendered to the officers nearly five days following the accident when he was charged with multiple felonies including fleeing the location of the accident.


Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick of the Nassau County Police Department addressed the case in a press conference at that time.

He mentioned, ‘(Polevich) got out of the car, looked at the deceased, got into his car, and made the conscious decision to leave instead of dialing 911 and calling an ambulance for the man. He went home and secreted his vehicle.’

Nicki Minaj fans react to Charles Polevich’s sentencing

Fans of Nicki Minaj were not impressed by the court’s ruling. They took to social media to express their frustration.


One fan said, ‘1 year you have 2 be kidding me attempted murder 1st-degree murder and 2-degree manslaughter. I’m not a judge but don’t u think he should be locked up for at least 10 years #GodT.’

While another added, ‘If my parents were killed and the killer gets a year in prison. I would definitely be waiting for that person’s release date to get my justice.’

Moreover, someone wrote, ‘Only 1 year???? Wtf, his license is being suspended for only 6 months? Now if he goes and does another hit and run I blame the system. How are you gonna give 1 year to someone who hit and killed a man and drove away right after?’


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