Feds decide to sentence Nicki Minaj’s husband to 15 months for not registering as a sex offender

Feds decide to sentence Nicki Minaj’s husband to 15 months for not registering as a sex offender

Federal prosecutors have sentenced Nicki Minaj’s husband to 15 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender in California.

According to court documents, Kenneth Petty, 44, has not registered as a sex offender since moving to the Golden State with Minaj in 2019, Insider reported.

The law says he must register every time he moves following a conviction for the attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl he attacked in 1994 in New York.

“Having previously been convicted of attempted rape, the defendant knowingly failed to register as a sex offender when moving to California,” prosecutors said in a recent filing.

‘The time of [the] the defendant’s failure to register is of concern, given that it occurred when [the] the accused began dating his wife, quit his job, moved to Los Angeles and adopted a wealthy lifestyle.

Petty is due in a sentencing hearing on July 6, where prosecutors also argued he should pay a $55,000 fine.

Federal prosecutors are asking Nicki Minaj's (right) husband, Kenneth Petty (left), to serve 15 months in prison and pay a $55,000 fine for failing to register as a sex offender.  The couple moved to California in 2019 and had a child the following year

Federal prosecutors are asking Nicki Minaj’s (right) husband, Kenneth Petty (left), to serve 15 months in prison and pay a $55,000 fine for failing to register as a sex offender. The couple moved to California in 2019 and had a child the following year

Petty was due to register when he moved to California in 2020 for a 1995 attempted rape conviction against then 16-year-old Jennifer Hough (pictured)  Victim sues Petty for allegedly trying to bribe and harass her into giving up her testimony

Petty was due to register when he moved to California in 2020 for a 1995 attempted rape conviction against then 16-year-old Jennifer Hough (pictured) Victim sues Petty for allegedly trying to bribe and harass her into giving up her testimony

Minaj has repeatedly insisted that Petty was wrongfully convicted and claimed the victim, Jennifer Hough, now 43, planned to write a letter to a judge retracting her statements.

Hough has denied the allegations and filed a lawsuit against the couple, saying they tried to pay her $500,000 to retake her 1995 testimony and threatened her and her family when she refused .

The lawsuit, which Minaj was dropped in January, seeks unspecified damages and alleges Petty harassed, intimidated witnesses and intentionally inflicted emotional distress.

Tyrone Blackburn, an attorney representing Hough, did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Neither did Minaj and Petty’s reps.

Petty was arrested in March 2020 for failing to register as a sex offender in California

Petty was arrested in March 2020 for failing to register as a sex offender in California

Like Petty and Minaj, Jennifer grew up in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, where she was raised by a woman who adopted her as a baby, she told Daily Beast.

She was 16 when the alleged assault happened after Petty approached her as she was walking to school on September 16, 1994.

Petty allegedly came up behind her, shoved an object into her back and told her to “keep walking” as he drove her home, according to court records obtained by The Blast.

Once they arrived, Petty forced her upstairs and proceeded to rape her at knifepoint before she managed to escape after hitting him with a bottle, records show. .

Jennifer immediately reported the incident and went to the hospital for a checkup. When she returned home, she said her adoptive mother told her, “Sorry, you were raped, but you should have screamed.

Petty denied Jennifer’s allegations during her arrest, telling investigators, “I didn’t do anything.”

Her parents told Jennifer’s mother that the teenagers were dating, she said, although she insists they weren’t.

“I think I always felt like people wanted me to be a liar,” Jennifer told The Daily Beast in March.

Petty was eventually convicted in 1995 on four counts: first-degree attempted first-degree rape, second-degree assault, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, and criminal possession of a weapon.

He was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The victim first came forward with her alarming allegations in an interview with the Daily Beast in March, using only her first name, Jennifer.

The victim first came forward with her alarming allegations in an interview with the Daily Beast in March, using only her first name, Jennifer.

Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty, pictured in February 2020 before his arrest in California, were charged with stalking the woman Petty tried to rape in 1995

Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty, pictured in February 2020 before his arrest in California, were charged with stalking the woman Petty tried to rape in 1995

Minaj has repeatedly insisted that her husband was wrongly convicted.  They denied allegations that they tried to bribe and threaten Hough

Minaj has repeatedly insisted that her husband was wrongly convicted. They denied allegations that they tried to bribe and threaten Hough

Minaj reportedly started dating Petty after he was released from prison, when he was 21 and she was just 16.

He landed behind bars in 2006 after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of Lamont Robinson. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and served seven years before being released in 2013.

In 2019 he married Minaj and the couple moved to California. They had a child together the following year.

Federal prosecutors said Petty had been constantly told about the need to register as a sex offender since his release from prison in 1999.

“Defendant has been filing sex offender registration paperwork for almost 20 years,” prosecutors wrote in the recent filing.

“Over two decades, he was repeatedly warned that if he moved to another state, it was his responsibility to follow local, municipal, state, federal or international laws regarding registration.”

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