The tragic death of Nicki Minaj’s father Robert comes to a legal conclusion

The tragic story of Nicki Minaj’s father, who died in a hit-and-run accident in February 2021, would never have a happy ending. However, it came to its legal conclusion with the conviction of the driver, who was accused of beating and killing Robert Maraj, who was out walking on Long Island that day.

The driver, Charles Polevich, admitted hitting Maraj with his car while pleading guilty in May 2022, according to the Associated Press. Polevich fled the scene after the accident without calling 911. Afterward, officers found that he had parked the car in his garage and covered it. For his attempts to hide the vehicle, Polevich also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. The judge at the time said Polevich would have his driver’s license revoked and he would have to do community service, but also promised that the hit-and-run driver would spend “no more than a year in prison”.

Now that the official sentencing has come, it appears the judge has kept his word, much to the disappointment of Minaj’s fans and family.

The driver who killed Nicki Minaj’s father has been sentenced to one year

At the official sentencing, Judge Howard Sturim kept his promise to Charles Polevich, the driver who killed Nicki Minaj’s father, according to TMZ. After pleading guilty to two felonies — evidence tampering and leaving the scene of an incident without filing a complaint — Polevich could have faced seven years behind bars. Instead, the judge sentenced him to a year in prison, a six-month suspension of his driver’s license, and a $5,000 fine.

On Twitter, fans were not pleased with what they perceived as a very light punishment. “[One year] is ridiculous”, one person tweeted. “The system is a joke at this point.” Other commentators obviously felt the same way. “A year behind bars, 6 months disqualified driver’s license, $5,000 fine for murdering hit-and-run man!? WOW”, someone else tweeted in response to the story. Another person wrote“A year for a hit and run that resulted in someone’s life and which the driver continued to try to cover up is WILD. The victim deserves real justice and it is not.”

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Fans weren’t the only ones disappointed. At the time of Polevich’s guilty plea, Robert Maraj’s widow, Carol Maraj, said she was “not happy,” according to the Associated Press, and was devastated to see Polevich in court.