Nicki Minaj's brother Jelani Maraj was found guilty of child rape back in 2017. In November of that year, Jelani was found guilty of predatory sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child in a nearly three-week-long rape case.
But Jelani hasn't been sentenced - after nearly two years.
And now some on social media are wondering whether the delayed sentence is the result of Jelani working out a "snitch" deal with prosecutors.
Typically sentencing in a case like this is completed within a year. If the defendant works out a plea agreement with prosecutors, that time can drag on for much longer.
And that "plea agreement" usually involves the defendant providing information on crimes to prosecutors. In other words, snitching.
Here are receipts showing that Jelani has a court appearance next month - but still hasn''t been sentenced.
Nicki's 40 year old brother was convicted of repeatedly raping his stepdaughter starting when she was 11 years old.
The child victim testified during the 2017 trial on Long Island, N.Y., telling jurors that the assaults began in April 2015 and ended in November 2015 when her 8-year-old brother walked in and caught Jelani in the act; the victim’s brother also testified at the trial.
Soon after his arrest in 2015, Maraj was released from custody on $100,000 bail, reportedly backed by two of his sister’s homes.
His attorney, David Schwartz, did not immediately return a message from PEOPLE. It remains unclear if he plans to appeal the verdict.
Minaj has never commented publicly on the charges against Maraj, and a rep for her did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
She posted a family photo with Maraj and others a few weeks after he was arrested.
“Justice demanded that this defendant be held accountable for these heinous acts and we are thankful to the jury for their careful deliberation,” said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas in a statement to PEOPLE. “We hope that today’s verdict will help the family in the healing process and that it will close this terrible chapter in their lives.”