MINEOLA, NY (1010 WINS) — The 72-year-old man who killed Nicki Minaj’s father in a hit-and-run accident last year on Long Island was sentenced to a year in prison on Wednesday, but will only serve part of that sentence.
Charles Polevich will only serve eight months of his sentence as he is currently serving time at the Nassau County Correctional Center.
Polevich, who pleaded guilty in May in Nassau County state court, admitted to leaving the scene of the February 2021 crash that fatally injured Robert Maraj as he walked along a road in Minola.
Polevich first got out of his car and looked at the injured man on the ground, but then drove off, did not call 911, parked his car and covered it with a tarp, the authorities said. authorities. Polevich pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence while concealing the car.
Maraj, 64, died in a hospital the following day.
Judge Howard Sturim said in that earlier hearing that Polevich would get “no more than a year in jail,” along with community service and a suspended license.
Prosecutors, who called for a sentence of one to three years in prison, challenged the proposed sentence in May.
“Given the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, we disagree with the court’s sentencing undertaking,” Nassau County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Brendan Brosh said in a statement. a statement.
Polevich’s attorney, Marc Gann, then called the hit-and-run “completely irrelevant” to his client, who is from Long Island but owns a drilling and water purification business in Guam.
“He feels immense empathy for Mr. Maraj’s family and tremendous remorse for any role he played in his death,” Gann said by phone after court. He suggested that Polevich might have had a medical condition that did not make him “fully aware of what he was doing”, while noting that this was not a legal justification.
The Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling rapper — known for tracks like “Anaconda,” “Starships” and “Super Bass” — was born Onika Tanya Maraj.
In interviews years ago, she described a troubled relationship with her father. But she later said he had changed.
After his death, she wrote that she wished she could pick up the phone and talk to him.
“He was much loved and will be greatly missed,” she wrote.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.