Kenneth Petty, rapper Nicki Minaj’s husband, was sentenced Wednesday in Los Angeles to probation and house arrest for failing to register as a sex offender after moving to the area.
Petty was ordered to pay a $55,000 fine, given three years of probation, and a year of home detention, the U.S. Attorney’s Office told local television station CBS Los Angeles.
As previously reported, Petty pleaded guilty in September 2021 to failure to register as a sex offender when he moved from New York to California in 2019.
Before Wednesday’s sentence was handed down, he had faced up to 10 years in federal prison.
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Petty, 44, was convicted in New York in 1995, for the attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 18 months to 54 Months in state prison, according to the New York Criminal Justice Services website. He served four and a half years in prison. As a condition of his conviction, he was required to register as a sex offender and will be supervised for the rest of his life.
He ran into trouble with the law in Southern California following a traffic stop in Beverly Hills in November 2019. When police ran a check, they found he had moved across the country without complying with the sex offender registry. Petty initially pleaded not guilty, but later struck a plea deal.
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), requires “sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction in which they reside, work, or go to school.”