Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, was given some good news today after charges against him were dropped for not registering as a sex offender when he moved to California. The only problem is he is still facing federal charges for the exact same thing.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, charges against Petty have been dismissed. We’re told a hearing was held in L.A. court today, and prosecutors told a judge they were dropping the case against him.
But, he is not out of the woods yet…
Normally, this would be a huge win for him, except for the reason they dropped the case in the first place. “The case was dismissed today because he is facing a similar charge in federal court,” a rep for the D.A’s office tells The Blast.
In other words, the feds have charged him with similar crimes, so he will still be prosecuted and faces the same amount of time behind bars.
As we reported, Petty was arrested after he was pulled over in Beverly Hills and records showed he had not registered as a sex offender in the state of California. The law states if you move out of state or changed addresses you have an allotted amount of time to report the move.
But, after Petty was charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney, he was indicted by the Federal Government for the same thing. So, at this point, the locals have decided they are going to let the feds handle it.
Nicki’s husband is still facing several years behind bars if convicted at the federal level, so the dismissal thing may not be good news for him at all. But, it’s possible his lawyers believe he has a better chance in federal court to convince a judge he didn’t mean not to register after moving to Los Angeles.
As we reported, Petty was arrested and held on a $100,000 bond for the federal charges and upon his release, he will be forced to wear an ankle monitor.
Kenneth was forced to give up his passport, and his travel was restricted to Southern California. Plus, as a part of his bail restrictions, he can’t do any drugs, and that includes legal marijuana that can be purchased in Los Angeles in any dispensary.
Why did he have to register in the first place? — Kenneth was convicted in 1995 for first-degree attempted rape. He served almost 4 years in a New York prison for the crime and is required to register as a sex offender.
If Petty is convicted of failure to register as an offender, he is facing up to 10 years in prison.