Kenneth Petty, the husband of rapper Nicki Minaj, won’t serve jail time for failing to register in California as a sex offender.
Instead, US District Judge Michael Fitzgerald sentenced Petty on Wednesday (July 6) afternoon to a yr of home confinement and three years of probation. The choose additionally ordered Petty to pay a US$55,000 fantastic, in accordance to US Department of Justice spokesperson Ciaran McEvoy, whose workplace prosecuted the case.
Petty, 44, who was convicted in New York in 1995 of tried rape, beforehand served a four-year jail sentence for that conviction, which additionally required him to register as a sex offender wherever he lives.
Petty took a plea deal in September and pleaded responsible to the federal cost that he failed to register when he moved to California after marrying the Bang Bang and Starships rapper in 2019.
Federal prosecutors had known as for Petty to spend 15 months in jail in his present case, arguing that home confinement at his spouse’s luxe home within the prosperous Calabasas group wouldn’t be a extreme sufficient punishment.
But Fitzgerald mentioned jail wasn’t the reply for Petty given the much less extreme nature of his case — in contrast to others involving sex offenders failing to register in the event that they transfer — as effectively as the pressure one other inmate would placed on a jail system already taxed by the Covid-19 pandemic, McEvoy confirmed Thursday.
Minaj, 39, whose actual identify is Onika Tanya Maraj, first dated Petty when she was 16 and dwelling in Queens, New York. The couple wed in October 2019 after reportedly being again collectively for about a yr. They welcomed their first baby, a son, in 2020.
Late final summer season, shortly after Minjaj eclipsed Petty’s case together with her viral remarks about Covid-19 vaccines, the girl who accused Petty of sexual assault in 1994 sued the couple for defamation and alleged that they launched an intimidation marketing campaign towards her and threatened her security.
Minaj was dropped from the federal lawsuit in January, however throughout a listening to in New York federal court docket, the girl’s legal professional’s mentioned they plan to refile a case in California federal court docket (and once more make the hip-hop star a defendant) as a result of it’s a extra applicable jurisdiction. – Los Angeles Times/Tribune News Service