A Long Island man has pleaded guilty to two counts stemming from the 2021 hit-and-run death of Nicki Minaj’s father.
During a Friday, May 6 hearing in Nassau County Court, Charles Polevich pleaded guilty to one count of leaving the scene of an accident and another count of tampering with evidence regarding the February 2021 accident that killed Robert Maraj, according to court records.
Polevich is due back in court in August for sentencing. During the hearing, the judge agreed not to exceed one year in prison, according to Polevitch’s lawyer.
In a statement to BillboardPolevich’s attorney, Marc Gann, said his client was “extremely remorseful for any role he may have played in Mr. Maraj’s death.”
“Mr. Polevich’s life story is one of helping others, which makes this case so irrelevant,” Gann said. “There are no allegations of substance use or abuse. as a cause of his conduct and we believe that a medical heart condition contributed to Mr. Polevich’s conduct. Mr. Polevich could not be more sorry for the loss of Mr. Maraj.
Maraj was walking on a road in Mineola, NY on February 12, 2021 when he was hit by a fleeing driver. He died the following day at the age of 64. The following week, police announced that Polevitch had been arrested for the incident.
Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, did not speak publicly about the incident until May 2021, when she posted a message on her official website saying her father’s death had been “the loss the most devastating of my life”.
“I find myself wanting to call her all the time,” Minaj wrote at the time. “Especially now that he’s gone. Life is funny like that. May his soul rest in paradise. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.