Nicki Minaj’s brother sentenced to 25 years to life

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FILE – This Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, provided by the Nassau County Police Department in Mineola, N.Y., shows Jelani Maraj, who was sentenced on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 to 25 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home. A judge convicted Maraj of predatory sexual assault and child endangerment in November 2017. (Nassau County Police Department via AP, File)

(AP) — The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home.

A judge convicted Jelani Maraj of predatory sexual assault and child endangerment in November 2017.

The victim testified during the trial that Maraj repeatedly raped her in 2015 while her mother was at work.

The girl’s younger brother also testified at the trial that he witnessed one assault.

Maraj said in court Monday that he had an alcohol problem and asked for a “second chance.”

Maraj’s appellate attorney said he plans to appeal the judge’s decision.

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