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Petty, the spouse of Nicki Minaj, was given a probationary period.


After failing to register as a sex offender in California, Kenneth Petty, the husband of Trinidadian singer Nicki Minaj, was given a three-year probationary term, a year of home detention, and a $55,000 fine.

The 44-year-old was sentenced on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, according to CBS News, after pleading guilty to the federal offense in 2021.

According to court records, federal prosecutors initially sought to jail Petty for more than a year in June for failing to register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors claimed that after migrating to California, the defendant purposefully neglected to register as a sex offender despite having previously been found guilty of attempted rape.

After being found guilty of a rape in 1994 in New York City, Petty served four years in jail. When he relocated to California with Minaj, he didn't put his name on the list of sex offenders, which is how the federal government found him.

He admitted to trying to rape Jennifer Hough, a 16-year-old schoolgirl at the time.

Hough, an alleged rape victim, accused him and Minaj, 39, in a lawsuit she filed against them in August 2021 of attempting to bully her into retracting her rape allegation.

In January, Hough reportedly abandoned the lawsuit, according to records obtained by PEOPLE.

In October 2019, Nicki and Petty exchanged vows, and the two now parents to a son.

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