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Nicki Minaj’s husband sentenced to probation and home detention over sex offender row

Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, has been sentenced to one year of home detention as well as three years of probation after failing to register as a sex offender.

Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in 1995, and under Californian law, he’s required to register as a sex offender within the first five business days of moving to the state.

He moved from New York to California in July 2019, according to court documents, however, he failed to update his status. Meanwhile, under New York law, convicted sex offenders need to tell authorities about their address change within 10 days of moving.

In November 2019, he was arrested before being released on a $20,000 bail, although he still didn’t register as a sex offender, and as a result, was arrested once more the following March.

Petty then appeared at Los Angeles County Superior Court and pleaded not guilty before the state’s charges against him were dropped. However, he still faced federal charges and changed his plea to guilty last September.

Last month, federal prosecutors tried to stop him from being sentenced to home confinement because of the luxury mansion he shares with his wife, and instead tried to push for prison time. However, the sentencing judge went against this recommendation, although, Petty was also ordered to pay $55,000 in retribution.

The rape happened when Petty was 16 years old, and after pleading guilty, he served four and a half years in prison for his crime.