Man sentenced for fatally beating Nicki Minaj’s father on LI

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

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

Polevich, who pleaded guilty in May in Nassau County state court, admitted leaving the scene of the February 2021 crash that fatally injured Robert Maraj while he was walking on a highway in Mineola.

Polevich initially got out of his car and looked at the injured man on the ground, but then walked away, did not call 911, put his car into storage and covered it with a tarp, authorities said. Polevich pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence by concealing the car.

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

Judge Howard Sturim said at the earlier hearing that Polevich would receive “no more than a year in jail,” in addition to community service and a suspended license.

Prosecutors, who were seeking a prison sentence of one to three years, disagreed with the sentence in May.

“Given the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, we disagree with the court’s sentencing commitment,” Nassau County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Brendan Brosh said in a statement.

Polevich’s attorney, Marc Gann, at the time, 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 the 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.

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

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.

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

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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