Rapper Nicki Minaj’s brother has postponed his sentencing hearing in a bid to vacate his child rape conviction.
Jelani Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child last month (Nov17) and now faces 25 years to life in prison.
He was set to be sentenced on 14 December (17), but Maraj’s lawyers are planning to vacate the sentence and a judge will rule on the motion next year (18), according to Bossip.
During the trial, his defense lawyers claimed Jelani’s estranged wife Jacqueline Robinson, the mother of the girl at the center of the drama, set him up as part of a $25 million extortion plot, just four months after they tied the knot in a lavish wedding, which Anaconda hitmaker Nicki paid for.
Robinson, who filed for divorce last year (16), denied the allegations during her testimony, while the court also heard evidence from the victim and her younger brother, who claimed he walked in on Maraj assaulting his sister.
Nicki has never commented on the case publicly, but she previously helped to secure her brother’s freedom following his arrest by putting up two of her homes for collateral as she covered his $100,000 bail.