Nicki Minaj’s Husband, Kenneth Petty Won’t Be “Outside” For A Year After Sentence For Failing To Register As A Sex Offender

Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty

Nicki Minaj’s husband learned his fate today after a two-year legal battle for failing to register as a sex offender in California. Read more!

After pleading guilty to the federal charge of not registering as a sex offender in his new city of Los Angeles, rapper Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty, has finally been sentenced. 

Kenneth Petty, 44, dodged prison and instead was sentenced to one year of home confinement for failing to register as a sex offender after he moved to California with the chart-topping artist after the two were married.

Petty was also fined $55,000 dollars and will serve three years of probation. 

Court documents obtained by revealed that the government wanted a 15-month prison sentence for Kenneth Petty, so his prison sentence is a major victory.

As reported by, Petty was convicted in 1995 in his hometown of New York for the attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl named Jennifer Hough in September of 1994. 

The two were childhood friends before Petty put a knife to Hough’s stomach and took her to a nearby house, where he sexually assaulted her. Kenneth Petty served four and a half years in prison for the crime. 

The current drama for Kenneth Petty stemmed from his 1995 conviction. In November 2019, the Beverly Hills Police Department stopped Kenneth Petty’s vehicle for a minor traffic infraction. 

The cops determined Petty’s primary residence was in California with his wife Nicki Minaj and that he had failed to register as a sex offender in the state where he resided.

In March of 2021, Petty was charged with failure to register as a sex offender. He pleaded not guilty and posted $100,000 bail. Petty reached a plea deal with prosecutors in September of that year.

“Over the course of two decades, he was repeatedly warned that if he moved to another state, it was his responsibility to follow any local, city, state, federal, or international laws regarding registration,” prosecutors said.

Kenneth Petty’s victim, Jennifer Hough, also went after the celebrity couple. She sued the pair for $20 million, claiming they were terrorizing her in an attempt to get Kenneth off the Sex Offenders Registry List.

Nicki Minaj was later dropped from the lawsuit, while Kenneth is currently attempting to settle the legal war with Jennifer Hough.