Charles Polevich, 71, (pictured) was sentenced to one year behind bars Wednesday 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 hit-and-run accident has been sentenced to a year behind bars and his license suspended for six months.
Charles Polevich, 71, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies, after killing Robert Maraj, 64, in a car crash in February 2021. on Long Island.
He was also ordered to pay a fine of $5,000.
The older man was originally facing up to 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 that she was “not happy” with the expected sentence at the time. The widow, who is suing Polevich for $150 million, said seeing him in court left her shaken as she remembered her husband fighting for her life in the hospital.
Prosecutors, who were seeking a prison sentence of one to three years, also took issue with the expected penalty.
Maraj had been 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 walked away from him, didn’t call 911, put his car away and covered him with a tarp, authorities said.
The singer’s father was taken to hospital in critical condition and died the next day.
Polevich (pictured Wednesday) was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and will have his license suspended after he attempted to conceal his vehicle following the accident.
Carol Maraj (left, with her husband, Robert, in 2013) told reporters she was “not happy” with the expected sentence. Widow sues Polevich for $150 million
Polevich’s attorney, Marc Gann, earlier called the hit-and-run “completely out of character” for his client, who hails from Long Island but runs a drilling and water purification business in Guam.
“He has great 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 problem that made him not “fully aware of what he was doing”, although he noted that there was no legal justification.
Polevich, who spent a lot of time in Guam but has a home in Mineola, initially got out of his car, looked at Maraj lying on the ground, then got behind the wheel and drove home, where he parked his Volvo in the garage and covered it up. according to the police.
The Grammy Award winner, best known for her songs Super Bass and Anaconda, had previously commented on her father’s death, writing that it was “the most devastating loss of my life” on her website last year.
In interviews years ago, he described a troubled relationship with his father. But then she said that 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 greatly loved and will be greatly missed,” she wrote.
Detectives used neighborhood surveillance video to track the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run to Polevich’s home in the 160 block of Roselle Street in Mineola.
Officers then offered Polevich the opportunity to turn himself in at police headquarters.
He was charged with leaving the scene of a car accident and tampering with evidence.
Police said if Polevich had stayed at the scene and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, he would have avoided criminal charges.