Driver who killed Nicki Minaj’s father in an accident gets only ONE year behind bars

Charles Polevich, 71, (pictured) was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison for killing Nicki Minaj's father Robert Maraj, 64, in a February 2021 car accident on Long Island

Charles Polevich, 71, (pictured) was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison for killing Nicki Minaj’s father Robert Maraj, 64, in a February 2021 car accident on Long Island

The driver who killed Nicki Minaj’s father in a drive-through accident has been sentenced to one year in prison and his driver’s license revoked for six months.

Charles Polevich, 71, was convicted on Wednesday after pleading guilty to leaving a scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence – both crimes – after killing Robert Maraj, 64, in a car crash in February 2021 on Long Island.

He has also been ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

The older man initially risked seven years, but the judge promised he would not sentence him for more than a year, according to TMZ.

The victim’s widow, Carol, told reporters she was “not happy” with the planned sentence at the time. The widow, who is suing Polevich for $150 million, said she saw him trembling in court at the memory of her husband fighting for his life in the hospital.

Prosecutors, who demanded a prison term of one to three years, also opposed the planned sentence.

Maraj was walking on Long Island when Polevich hit him. He initially 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 in the garage and covered it with a tarp, authorities said.

The singer’s father was taken to hospital in critical condition and died the next day.

Polevich (pictured on Wednesday) was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and his driver's license will be suspended after he tried to hide his vehicle after the accident

Polevich (pictured on Wednesday) was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and his driver’s license will be suspended after he tried to hide his vehicle after the accident

Carol Maraj (left, with husband Robert, in 2013) told reporters she was

Carol Maraj (left, with husband Robert, in 2013) told reporters she was “not happy” with the planned sentence. The widow is suing Polevich for $150 million

Polevich’s attorney Marc Gann previously called the hit-and-run “completely out of place” for his client, who is from Long Island but owns a drilling and water treatment company in Guam.

“He feels tremendous empathy for Mr. Maraj’s family and immense regret for every role he played in his death,” Gann said by phone after the court. He suggested that Polevich may have had a medical problem that left him “not fully aware of what he was doing,” while noting that it was not a legal justification.

Polevich, who spent a lot of time in Guam but has a house in Mineola, initially got out of his car, saw Maraj lying on the ground, then got back behind the wheel and drove to his house, where he then parked his Volvo in the garage and covered it up, according to police.

The Grammy Award winner — best known for her songs Super Bass and Anaconda — had previously commented on her father’s death, writing on her website last year that it was “the most devastating loss of my life.”

Years ago, she described a difficult relationship with her father in interviews. 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'

Nicki said losing her father was ‘the most devastating loss of my life’

“He was much loved and will be sorely missed,” she wrote.

Detectives used nearby surveillance video to track the vehicle involved in the collision to Polevich’s home on the 160 block of Roselle Street in Mineola.

Officers then offered Polevich the chance to surrender at police headquarters.

He was charged with leaving the scene of a car accident and tampering with evidence.

Police said that had Polevich stayed on the scene and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, he would have avoided criminal charges.

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