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Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty was sentenced Wednesday for failing to register as a sex offender, 10 months after pleading guilty to the crime.
Ciaran McEvoy, public information officer for the Central District of California’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, confirmed to Oxygen.com that Petty was sentenced Wednesday in a federal court to three years of probation and one year of home confinement.
Petty was also fined $55,000.
The music executive pleaded guilty on Sept. 9 for failing to register as a sex offender and had been facing a possibility of 10 years behind bars and a lifetime of supervised release, as previously reported by Oxygen.com.
Petty was arrested during a traffic stop in Beverly Hills in November 2019. Police learned he had moved from New York to California without ever registering his sex offender status, according to an earlier report by NBC News.
By law, Petty has been required to register wherever he is living as a result of his April 1995 conviction for first-degree attempted rape.
Petty spent four years behind bars in a New York state prison for the crime, which involved a 16-year-old girl, according to People.
He served another seven years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter in an unrelated case in 2006, as reported by US Weekly.
Petty and Minaj, who knew one another growing up, reconnected after he got out of prison in 2013.
They married in 2019 and share one son together.
Minaj has previously minimized her husband’s rape conviction, writing in response to a fan on Instagram in 2018 that Petty and his 16-year-old victim had been “in a relationship.”
“He was 15, she was 16,” she wrote, adding that fans “can’t run my life.”
She also offered high-praise for Petty in February of 2020 on “Queen Radio.”
“Whenever I’m done, I can have one conversation with my husband and it will get me back to where I need to be mentally,” she said at the time, according to US Weekly. “He’s been a really great force in my life. I’ve known him since I was 17, and I feel a level of comfort with him that I hadn’t felt before to just be myself and share who I am.”
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