Nicki Minaj’s brother sentenced to 25 years to life

This Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, provided by the Nassau County Police Department in Mineola, N.Y., shows Jelani Maraj. Maraj, brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, faces up to life in prison if jurors on Long Island convict him of predatory sexual assault on a child. He is accused of repeatedly raping a girl at his suburban home in Baldwin. Jury deliberations began Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Nassau County Court. (Source: Nassau County Police Department via AP)

(AP) - The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home.

A judge convicted Jelani Maraj of predatory sexual assault and child endangerment in November 2017.

The victim testified during the trial that Maraj repeatedly raped her in 2015 while her mother was at work.

The girl’s younger brother also testified at the trial that he witnessed one assault.

Maraj said in court Monday that he had an alcohol problem and asked for a “second chance."

Maraj’s appellate attorney said he plans to appeal the judge’s decision.

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