Nicki Minaj’s husband sentenced to house arrest for not registering as a sex offender

LOS ANGELES — Rapper Nicki Minaj’s husband was sentenced Wednesday to one year of house arrest for failing to register as a sex offender, a representative from the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Kenneth Petty was also sentenced to three years probation and a $55,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Representative for the Central District of California. The bureau made no further comment.

Petty pleaded guilty in September to one count of failing to register as a sex offender.

He had to register as a sex offender after being convicted of attempted first-degree rape in New York in 1995, when he was 16, according to court documents.

Petty moved to California in July 2019 and, during a traffic stop in Beverly Hills, authorities learned he had not checked in, officials said. He was charged in March 2020.

Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty arrive at a fashion show in New York in February 2020.James Devaney/GC Images File

A lawyer for Petty did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday evening.

Prosecutors had pleaded for a prison sentence, writing in a sentencing position in June that he should be sentenced to 15 months, or just over a year, in prison.

Prosecutors argued he knowingly failed to register after moving to California. They also wrote that home confinement would not be appropriate, citing a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in Calabasas with a pool.

Petty served nearly four years in prison after the attempted rape conviction in New York.

Nicki Minaj revealed in an October 2019 Instagram post that she and Petty got married.

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