Jelani Maraj Offered Plea Deal In Rape Case
Maraj is accused of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old over the course of several months. In April, he was indicted on charges of felony predatory sexual assault against a child, along with felony sexual conduct against a child under age 13, sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
Bossip exclusively reports:
The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office said earlier this week that Maraj’s DNA profile was a more than billion to one match of the semen on his alleged victim’s pants.
“…A DNA profile, a partial profile matching the defendant or consistent with the defendant, your honor, to the point in the hundreds of billionths of chance of it being any other individual, was discovered in the…pants of the complainant in this case, and also tested positive indicating the presence of semen,” Anthony Pirri, the assistant district attorney told the judge at a hearing July 26 in Nassau County Supreme Court’s sex crimes division.
BOSSIP can reveal that Pirri has offered Maraj a deal of 15 years to life for an “A-II” felony of “predatory sexual assault of a child.” The case is still supposed to head to trial in November, but in the meantime, both sides are discussing the possible deal.
Pirri said before Maraj was indicted, the District Attorney’s office offered him seven years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to “course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree,” a “B” felony. But the newlywed, who works for one of Nicki Minaj’s companies, rejected the offer.
Maraj, who is currently out on bail, maintains his innocence.