Man who fatally beat Nicki Minaj’s father in LI sentenced

MINEOLA, NY (1010 WINS) — The 72-year-old man who killed Nicki Minaj’s father in a hit-and-run on Long Island last year has been sentenced to a year in prison on Wednesday, but will serve only part of that time.

Charles Polevich will serve only eight months of his sentence as he is currently serving time at the Nassau County Correctional Center.

Polevich, who pleaded guilty in May in Nassau County court, admitted that he left the scene of the February 2021 accident that left Robert Maraj fatally injured while walking on a road in Mineola.

Polevich initially got out of his car and looked at the injured man on the ground, but then drove off, did not call 911, put his car in the garage and covered it with a tarp, authorities said. Polevich pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence by hiding the car.

Maraj, 64, died in a hospital the next day.

Judge Howard Sturim said at that earlier hearing that Polevich would face “no more than a year in prison” along with community service and a revoked license.

Prosecutors, who had demanded a prison term of one to three years, contradicted the planned sentence in May.

“Given the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, we disagree with the court’s commitment to impose the sentence,” said Brendan Brosh, spokesman for the Nassau County office.

Polevich’s attorney Marc Gann at the time 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 has tremendous empathy for Mr Maraj’s family and is deeply sorry for any role he played in his death,” Gann said by phone after the court. He suggested that Polevich may have had a medical problem that kept him from being “fully aware of what he was doing” while noting that it was not a legal justification.

The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rapper – known for songs like “Anaconda”, “Starships” and “Super Bass” – was born Onika Tanya Maraj.

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.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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