Man pleads guilty to hit-and-run that killed Nicki Minaj’s father, will get ‘no more than one year in jail’

The Long Island man who last year killed rapper Nicki Minaj’s 64-year-old father in a car crash, fled the scene and then tampered with evidence was allowed on Friday to plead guilty in exchange for a guarantee of a sentence not to exceed a year in jail.

“Charles Polevich, 71, of Mineola, pleaded guilty to felony charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and tampering with physical evidence after the encounter that ended the life of Robert Maraj, 64,” according to local newspaper Newsday.

Yet despite Polevich facing 11 years in prison, acting State Supreme Court Justice Howard Sturim vowed to sentence him to “no more than one year in jail,” in addition to community service and a suspended license.

Polevich won’t actually be sentenced until Aug. 3rd.

The outcome of his case nevertheless follows a pattern that’s particularly prevalent in blue localities like New York City, where lax judges keep doling out light sentences to convicts guilty of committing heinous crimes.

A similar trend has been observed with judges releasing suspects accused of committing heinous crimes:

Earlier this very same week in Providence, Rhode Island, a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run was released on bail, outraging the victim’s family.

“Domingo Grave-Castro, 40, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. He turned himself in Sunday, hours after police say he struck Violet Barracks, 76, as she crossed Union Avenue near the Route 10 off-ramp, then drove off,” as reported by local station WPRI.

Barracks is reportedly the aunt of state Rep. Marcia R. Ranglin-Vassell, a “progressive Democrat,” and Lisa Ranglin, the president of the Rhode Island Black Business Association. Both were outraged by Grave-Castro’s release:

Two weeks ago in Atlanta meanwhile, a judge ordered the release of a gang member reportedly accused of firing six shots at a police officer. But in this rare case, a local prosecutor was thankfully able to intervene and stop the release, as reported by Fox News.

Returning to Polevich’s case, according to Newsday, “Maraj was walking in the roadway at about 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2021, when Polevich struck him with his 1992 white Volvo station wagon on Roslyn Road at Raff Avenue in Mineola.”

Polevich reportedly got out of his car, looked at Maraj, asked him if he’s OK, got back in his car, drove off without calling 911, parked his car in a garage and then covered it up with a tarp to hide it.

The authorities reportedly tracked the killing to him by viewing video surveillance recordings of the neighborhood.

Maraj meanwhile “died the day after the crash at a local hospital after emergency surgery wasn’t enough to save his life,” according to Newsday.

Given Polevich’s culpability and his attempt to hide his crime, Maraj’s family isn’t happy with him being promised just a year in jail tops.

“One year in jail. I’m not happy with that. I was angry, very, very angry. I started to shake because it brought back all the memories of that night when I was sitting in the hospital,” Maraj’s wife, Carol Maraj, who by the way is Minaj’s mother, told Newsday after Friday’s hearing.

The prosecution is also displeased with the outcome of the case.

“Given the severity of the defendant’s conduct, we disagree with the sentencing commitment from the court,” Nassau District Attorney’s Office spokesman Brendan Brosh reportedly said in a statement.

It’s not clear how Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, feels about the outcome. The last time she spoke publicly about her father was in May of 2021, when she wrote an open letter on her website about his death.

“Tho I can’t really bring myself to discuss the passing of my father as yet; I can say it has been the most devastating loss of my life. I find myself wanting to call him all the time. More so now that he’s gone. Life is funny that way. May his soul rest in paradise. He was very loved & will be very missed,” she wrote.

Polevich’s lawyer, Marc Gann, has claimed that his client’s behavior during the day Maraj was killed was “completely out of character.”

“He does feel tremendous empathy for Mr. Maraj’s family and tremendous remorse for any role he played in his death,” he added in remarks made after Friday’s hearing.


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Pepe Le Pew
Pepe Le Pew
9 days ago

democrats kkiilling democrats and then letting each other off.

Gina Marie Wendel-Lockhart
Gina Marie Wendel-Lockhart
9 days ago

Maybe if some of these rich famous people start pressuring liberal DA’s to actually prosecute crimes, things might change, because no matter how much we “average” Americans press them, they ignore us in favor of the criminals.

9 days ago

Isn’t LONG ISLAND a part of Liberal NEW YORK? You ELECT these TOKENS as Mayor, with Democrat Rats, and
you are now “surprised?

9 days ago

The counties of Queens and Kings (which is Brooklyn) that make up two of New York City’s boroughs are on the Long Island land mass. The other two counties on Long Island are Nassau and Suffolk. This happened in Mineola which is in Nassau County. True however they are pretty blue if taxation is an indicator.

Todd Nelson
Todd Nelson
9 days ago

For all those on the left who have supported the insanely small amount of time the criminals have been getting, this is the result. Now you are angry, but what about all the other victims of these criminals? They have been feeling the same way you are now, but you have done nothing to stop this. FJB

9 days ago

Hey little black girl, how do you feel about that? Kind of piss3s you off? Well, this is part of your dystopian world.

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