Charles Polevich 71, who ran popular American rapper’s dad down with his car finally pleads guilty to the crime.
The incident happened in February 2021, when Nicki Minaj’s dad, Robert Maraj, 64 was walking down the road in Mineola when businessman Polevich accidentally ran him over.
Polevich, 71, admitted leaving the scene of the February 2021 accident and tampering with the evidence stemming from the fatal accident.
Although Polevich faced up to seven years behind bars, the judge has committed him to no more than one year in prison, disappointing prosecutors and the hip hop star’s mother.
He had initially got out of his car and looked at the injured man on the ground, but then drove off, did not call emergency services, put his car in a garage, and covered it with a tarpaulin, authorities said.
“Mr. Polevich’s life story is one of helping others, which makes this case so out of character,” Polevich’s attorney Marc Gann told Billboard. “There are no allegations of substance use or abuse as causative of his conduct and it is our belief that a medical heart issue contributed to Mr. Polevich’s conduct. Mr. Polevich could not be more sorry for the loss of Mr. Maraj.”
Maraj died in hospital the next day after the accident.
Polevich was subsequently arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and tampering with evidence. At his initial arraignment, he pleaded not guilty.
Polevich is due back in court on August 3 for his sentencing.