Bossip reports that Maraj rejected the Nassau County District Attorney’s plea deal of 15 years to life and decided to go to trial instead. Jelani pled not guilty to the crime, but prosecutors allege he raped and sodomized a 12-year-old girl many times over the span of eight months in 2015. The last sexual assault occurred the day before his arrest in December of that year.
The trial comes despite the fact that Maraj’s semen was found on the young girl’s clothes. Going to trial also means that the alleged victim may have to face Maraj in court and testify about what happened. As we previously reported, Nicki put up two of her residences as collateral in order to keep her eldest brother free on bail.
Jelani faces life in state prison if convicted.