Nicki Minaj Brother Jelani Convicted Of Raping 11-year-old Girl

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After almost two days of deliberation, a jury has found Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj, guilty in his child rape trial.

But by the tail end of 2015, Jelani had been charged with raping his then-11-year-old stepdaughter.

Maraj had consistently denied the allegations, but a jury convicted him of endangering the welfare of a child and of predatory sexual assault on a child younger than 13 at a court in Nassau County, New York, the DA's spokesperson Brendon Brosh told People magazine.

Maraj's defence team claimed that the DNA was planted by the girl's mother, the defendant's wife, who was using the abuse allegations to try and extort millions from her husband.

Maraj was found guilty of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter when she was just 11 years old.

He faces 15 years to life in prison on the sexual assault conviction.

Madaline said, 'We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process'.

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Maraj showed no emotion after the verdict, when State Supreme Court Justice Robert McDonald ordered him held without bail in Nassau County's jail.

The prosecutor said DNA evidence recovered from the girl's pajama trousers was linked to Maraj.

Juror Arthur Naclerio, 67, of Massapequa, said the victim's testimony was the most convincing piece of evidence.

Maraj was arrested December 1, 2015, on charges of predatory assault, second-degree course of sexual conduct and a misdemeanor charge of acting in a manner likely to injure a child. "What (the victim) went through all that time", Juror Arthur Naclerio, 67, said.

The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault, and is not identifying the girl's mother in order to protect her daughter's identity. I've never seen anything like it.

"She was never involved as far as what we did", Ray III testified.

She said Maraj's wife told her: "It's gonna take lots of money to get out of this one". He will be sentenced on December 14. He said they were both partially unclothed.

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