Nicki Minaj’s Husband Faces 10 Years in Prison After Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

Kenneth Petty and Nicki Minaj (Credit: Instagram)

Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, has pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender and faces up to ten years in prison.

Petty entered his plea on Thursday, Sept. 9, during a virtual hearing in federal court in Los Angeles, according to court documents obtained by People.

The 43-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 24, 2022. He faces anywhere from probation to 10 years in federal prison. He will also be supervised for the rest of his life.

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The charge stems from Petty’s failure to register as a sex offender when he moved from New York to California in 2019.

He was arrested following a traffic stop in Beverly Hills in November 2019. When police ran a check, they found he had moved to California without complying with the sex offender registry, according to NBC News. Petty posted $20,000 bail, but was arrested again in connection with the case. In March 2020, following his second arrest he pleaded not guilty and posted $100,000 bail.

Petty 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.

Minaj and Petty were married in October 2019. The two welcomed their first child together in September 2020.