Charles Polevich, 71 (pictured), was sentenced to a year behind bars on Wednesday for killing Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, 64, in a car crash in February 2021 on Long Island
The driver who killed Nicki Minaj’s father in a hit-and-run accident has been sentenced to a year behind bars and his license suspended for six months.
Charles Polevich, 71, was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence – both crimes – after killing Robert Maraj, 64, in a car crash. car in February 2021 in Long Island.
He was also ordered to pay a fine of $5,000.
The older man originally faced up to seven years, but the judge promised he wouldn’t sentence him for more than a year, according to TMZ.
The victim’s widow, Carol, told reporters she was “not happy” with the sentence at the time. The widow, who is suing Polevich for $150 million, said seeing him in court left her shaking at the memory of her husband fighting for his life in hospital.
Prosecutors, who called for a sentence of one to three years in prison, also challenged the proposed sentence.
Maraj was walking on Long Island when Polevich punched him. He first got out of his car and looked at the injured man on the ground, but then drove off, did not call 911, parked his car and covered it with a tarp, the authorities said. authorities.
The singer’s father was taken to hospital in critical condition and died the following day.
Polevich (pictured on Wednesday) was also fined $5,000 and will have his license suspended after he tried to hide his vehicle after the crash
Carol Maraj (left, with her husband, Robert, in 2013) told reporters she was “unhappy” with the expected sentence. Widow sues Polevich for $150 million
Polevich’s attorney, Marc Gann, previously called the hit-and-run “completely irrelevant” to his client, who is from Long Island but owns a drilling and water purification business in Guam.
“He feels immense empathy for Mr. Maraj’s family and tremendous remorse for any role he played in his death,” Gann said by phone after court. He suggested that Polevich might have had a medical condition that did not make him “fully aware of what he was doing”, while noting that this was not a legal justification.
Polevich, who has spent a lot of time in Guam but has a home in Mineola, first got out of his car, watched Maraj lying on the ground, then got back behind the wheel and drove home, where he then parked his Volvo in the garage and covered it up, police said.
The Grammy Award winner – who is best known for her songs Super Bass and Anaconda – previously commented on her father’s death, writing it was “the most devastating loss of my life” on her website the last year.
In interviews years ago, she described a troubled relationship with her father. But she later said he had changed.
After his death, she wrote that she wished she could pick up the phone and talk to him.
Nicki said losing her father was “the most devastating loss of my life”
“He was much loved and will be greatly missed,” she wrote.
Detectives used neighborhood surveillance video to track the vehicle involved in the hit and run crash to Polevich’s home in the 160 block of Roselle Street in Mineola.
Officers then offered Polevich the option of going to police headquarters.
He was charged with leaving the scene of a car accident and tampering with evidence.
Police said that if Polevich had remained at the scene and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, he would have avoided criminal charges.