Nicki Minaj’s spouse sent to confinement, sex offender non-registration
Because of a 1995 attempted rape conviction, Kenneth Petty had to register when he came to California from New York.
In a post on her Instagram account in October 2019, Nicki Minaj revealed that she and Petty had tied the knot.
An official from the federal prosecutor’s office claimed that Nicki Minaj’s spouse was sentenced on Wednesday to one year of home confinement for failing to register as a sexual offender.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said that Kenneth Petty was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $55,000. There was no more reaction from the office.
A sex offender registration failure charge was filed against Petty in September, and he pleaded guilty to the charge.
After being found guilty of first-degree attempted rape in New York in 1995, at the age of 16, he was ordered to register as a sex offender.
During a traffic stop in Beverly Hills in July 2019, officers discovered that Petty had not registered in the state, officials said. In March 2020, he was indicted.
A comment from Petty’s attorney was requested on Wednesday night, but he did not immediately react to the request.
The prosecution had pushed for a prison sentence, stating in a sentencing argument that was written in June that he should be sentenced to 15 months, which is a little over a year, in prison.
After moving to California, the prosecutor’s office contended that the defendant willfully disregarded the requirement to register. A mansion in Calabasas with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a swimming pool was used as an example in the letter that stated home confinement would not be a viable option.
Petty was sentenced to over four years in jail for the attempted rape conviction he received in New York.
Before the announcement of his sentence, Petty expressed regret for violating the law in California by neglecting to register and for other offenses. He stated that “I take full responsibility for whatever happens today.”
“I’m embarrassed, ashamed, and I’ve disrespected my wife’s brand,” he added. “There are no excuses; I broke the law. I thank you for giving me the chance to speak, to apologize.”