Kenneth Petty was sentenced Wednesday to one year of home confinement for failing to register as a sex offender, according to reports.
The federal prosecutor’s office and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California also confirmed that Nicki Minaj’s husband was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $55,000. Petty pleaded guilty in September to one count of failure to register as a sex offender.
He was required to register as a sex offender after being convicted of first-degree attempted rape in New York back in 1995, when he was 16. He then moved to California in July 2019 along with Nicki, and during a traffic stop in Beverly Hills authorities realized that he had not registered. He was indicted in March 2020.
A year in home confinement should be a relief to Petty as prosecutors had called for him to spend 15 months in prison.
Judge Michael Fitzgerald said in the sentencing hearing that given the less severe nature compared to other cases of sex offenders failing to register if they move, combined with the strain another prisoner would have on the prison system in the middle of a surge in Covid cases, prison wasn’t the way to handle the case, reports Rollingstone.