The brother of Young Money queen Nicki Minaj is prepared to roll the dice and chance a jury with his fate, as it is reported that he has selected to reject a plea deal that would have afforded him a sentence of 15 years to life for predatory assault of a child.
“He is choosing to go to trial because he is not guilty of these allegations and has faith in our system of justice,” attorney David Schwartz told Bossip, with confidence in Jelani Maraj's case. Schwartz was employed to take Maraj's defense at a difficult time. Maraj had fired the firm that was previously representing him this past November and hired a private investigator in addition to acquiring his services. Four months prior to Schwartz taking over the case, the prosecution had a breakthrough, when DNA tests of semen found on the alleged victim's clothes returned to prove a positive match with his own.
Maraj is accused of having raped and sodomized a 12-year-old girl throughout an eight-month period in 2015. She is now expected to testify against Maraj. Pre-trial hearings are set to take place within the next several weeks. Maraj faces life in prison.