Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty sentenced to one year of in-home detention


Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty sentenced to one year of in-home detention and three years probation for failing to register as a sex offender

  • Petty, 44, plead guilty last September on a federal charge of failing to register as a sex offender
  • While he could have faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release, he avoided jail time altogether.
  • He was sentenced to just one year of in-home detention and three years of probation
  • Petty was also ordered to pay a $55,000 fine during his sentencing hearing at the US Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles
  • Back in 1995, Petty was convicted for the first-degree attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl, and spent four years in prison.
  • As a condition of his conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender whenever he moves, which he failed to do when he and Minaj moved to California. 

Nicki Minaj‘s husband Kenneth Petty was facing a decade behind bars, though he’ll only be forced to stay in his multi-million-dollar mansion in Calabasas.

The 44-year-old Petty, who married Minaj, 39, in 2019, plead guilty back in September on a federal count of failing to register as a sex offender.

While he was looking at a maximum prison sentence of 10 years with a lifetime of supervised release, he was sentenced Wednesday to just one year of in-home detention, and three years of probation, according to CBS Los Angeles.

In-home: Nicki Minaj's husband Kenneth Petty was facing a decade behind bars, though he'll only be forced to stay in his multi-million-dollar mansion in Calabasas.

In-home: Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty was facing a decade behind bars, though he’ll only be forced to stay in his multi-million-dollar mansion in Calabasas.

Married: The 44-year-old Petty, who married Minaj, 39, in 2019, plead guilty back in September on a federal count of failing to register as a sex offender

Married: The 44-year-old Petty, who married Minaj, 39, in 2019, plead guilty back in September on a federal count of failing to register as a sex offender

Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl back in 1995, for which he spent four years in prison for.

He is considered a level-two offender in the state of New York, which equates to him being considered a ‘moderate risk of repeat offense.’

Petty started dating Minaj in 2018 and they tied the knot a year later and moved to California, where his legal troubles began anew.

Courthouse: Kenneth Petty is seen arriving at the United States Federal Courthouse for his sentencing hearing on Wednesday

Courthouse: Kenneth Petty is seen arriving at the United States Federal Courthouse for his sentencing hearing on Wednesday

Petty was pulled over by the Beverly Hills Police Department in November 2019, and discovered he was a registered sex offender in New York, though he had not registered in California when he moved, which he’s required to do.

Petty plead guilty in September 2021, though his sentencing hearing has been delayed several times before the sentence was handed out.

Prosecutors were recommending 15 months of prison time and five years of supervised release, and not a home detention, since he lives with Minaj in a gated community in Calabasas, which they contended was not much of a ‘punishment.’

Pulled over: Petty was pulled over by the Beverly Hills Police Department in November 2019, and discovered he was a registered sex offender in New York, though he had not registered in California when he moved, which he's required to do

Pulled over: Petty was pulled over by the Beverly Hills Police Department in November 2019, and discovered he was a registered sex offender in New York, though he had not registered in California when he moved, which he’s required to do

The judge ultimately disagreed, sentencing petty to one year of in-home detention, plus three years of probation, and a $55,000 fine.

Petty was also in legal trouble in August, when Jennifer Hough, Petty’s alleged rape victim, filed a lawsuit against both him and Minaj.

Hough claimed that both Minaj and Petty tried to coerce her into recanting her rape accusation, and they even offered her $500,000 to do so.

Sentence: The judge ultimately disagreed, sentencing petty to one year of in-home detention, plus three years of probation, and a $55,000 fine

Sentence: The judge ultimately disagreed, sentencing petty to one year of in-home detention, plus three years of probation, and a $55,000 fine

She also accused them of inflicting emotional distress, though she voluntarily dropped the lawsuit against Minaj.

‘The case against Nicki was voluntarily dismissed. The case against Kenneth Petty is still ongoing. Stay tuned!” Hough’s lawyer, Tyrone Blackburn said.

Neither Petty nor Minaj have commented on today’s sentencing. 

Nicki and Kenneth: She also accused them of inflicting emotional distress, though she voluntarily dropped the lawsuit against Minaj

Nicki and Kenneth: She also accused them of inflicting emotional distress, though she voluntarily dropped the lawsuit against Minaj

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