Prosecutors want Nicki Minaj's husband, Kenneth Petty, to serve jail time -- not on home confinement in his luxurious Calabasas mansion with his wife.
Petty plead guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in California, and now he wants to serve his sentence on home confinement, TMZ Hip Hop has learned.
According to new legal documents obtained by TMZ, federal prosecutors don't think 6 months behind bars followed by supervised release is sufficient punishment for Petty.
The feds note that Petty lives in a "gated affluent community" which includes a pool, Nicki's music studio, and their beautifully landscaped backyard -- amenities not available to other criminals in jail.
In fact, the U.S. Attorney's Office seems to think his luxurious lifestyle is what led Petty down the wrong path.
In the documents, prosecutors say Petty complied with his sex offender registry paperwork for nearly 20 years - until he met Nicki in 2019 and moved with her to Cali. There, he stopped registering as a sex offender.
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As prosecutors describe it, "Defendant began dating his wife, quit his job, moved to Los Angeles, and adopted an affluent lifestyle."
Petty told the court he didn't know he was supposed to register once he left NY state, but prosecutors say he was well aware of the rules after 2 decades.
TMZ reported, Petty had to register as a sex offender after a 1995 attempted rape of a teenager conviction in NY.
Now, federal prosecutors in Cali are recommending he serve 15 months hard time behind bars, 5 years supervised release and pay $55,000 in retribution. The judge will make a final ruling at Petty's sentencing hearing on July 6.
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An Indianapolis man is charged with shooting his son's football coach during an argument over his son's sports-related injury.
Cameron Parks, 43, was ordered to wear a GPS monitor on home detention following his arrest for shooting the unnamed coach.
The incident happened on November 22 after an argument stemming from a youth football game in Tennessee, Fox 59 News reported.
Parks' son is on the victim's traveling football team and injured his leg during the Tennessee game.
A witness told police that Parks warned the coach and his girlfriend "they would have to move or would live in fear."
According to court records, Parks went to the victim's apartment on the 3600 block of North Chester Avenue and shot the man through his front door.
Officers responding to the scene found the victim with an apparent gunshot wound to the leg.
According to police, a witness said another man was forced at gunpoint to knock on the victim's door. When the victim opened the door, the man told him Parks had a gun. The victim slammed the door, but Parks kicked the door then fired through the door, striking the victim in the leg.
Court documents also detail threatening text messages from Parks to the victim.
Parks was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery, Kidnapping, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, and other felonies.
He was booked into jail and posted an 80,000 surety bond, meaning $8,000 was paid in cash.
Reginae Carter helped rapper YFN Lucci celebrate his big 3-0 on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Lucci was released from jail on $500,000 bond on Feb. 8. The rapper, real name Rayshawn Bennett, is charged with the death of an associate during a shootout with rival gang members in Atlanta in December.
On Monday, Reginae, 22, shared a slideshow on Instagram featuring intimate photos of herself with the father-of-two.
"Happy birthday baby... I love you," she wrote. "The big 30 (I mean 21) lol enjoy your Day."
Rumor has it that Reginae put up the $50,000 cash to spring her on-again, off-again lover from jail. That rumor has not been confirmed by a bails bondsman.
The reality TV personality and entrepreneur is the daughter of rapper Lil Wayne.
Lucci is allowed to leave home for meetings with his attorney or doctor's appointment.
YFN Lucci is a free man after a judge released him on $500,000 bond on Monday.
Video footage shows the rapper emerging from jail around 4 p.m. on Monday after posting $50,000 cash, 10% of his bond.
Lucci, real name Rayshawn Bennett, 29, was arrested for murder in the shooting death of 28-year-old James Adams in Atlanta.
A judge ordered Lucci to surrender his passport and wear an ankle monitor. He has to remain home between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
He can only leave home to meet with his lawyer or for doctor's appointments.
Lucci is not allowed to communicate with his alleged victims, witnesses or co-defendants in the case. He also can't associate with any known gang members or convicted felons, according to TMZ.
Don't expect to welcome Lucci back to the internet. The judge ordered him to stay off social media, he can't leave the state to book shows, and he can't visit a certain recording studio.
His attorney tells TMZ, "The bond was negotiated last week and finalized today. He was released just before 4 pm. There are a variety of conditions which is somewhat consistent with these cases, which included surrendering his passport."
Lucci is best known for dating rapper Lil Wayne's only daughter, Reginae Carter, 22.
It isn't clear if he is allowed to hook up with Reginae, although rumor has it that she put up the bond money for her man.
A judge granted bond for Rayshard Brooks' alleged girlfriend, Natalie White, who was arrested for burning down the Wendy's restaurant where Brooks was killed by an Atlanta police officer.
White made her first court appearance Wednesday, wearing a white face mask and blue prison shirt.
A judge granted her bond in the amount of $10,000, but the judge ordered the 29-year-old to wear an ankle monitor while on house arrest because he was concerned White was a danger to the community.
White's attorney, Drew Findling, told Judge Todd Ashley that he's known the White family for 20 years.
He said the family was financially strapped and unable to afford any bond. He asked the judge for a signature bond only.
White is reportedly the girlfriend of Brooks, who was married to Tomika Miller, the mother of 3 of his four children.
White was arrested Tuesday, the same day Brooks was laid to rest in Atlanta.
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Miller is seen with her three children during Brooks' funeral service at historic istoric Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Brooks mentioned a "Natalie White" as his girlfriend in police body cam footage before he died.
"Natalie White, she's my girlfriend," Brooks told the officers.
The attorney for White claims she was "close friends" with Brooks, but the attorney for Brooks' family say they are unaware of any connection between them.
YNW Melly (left) has tested positive for the coronavirus at the Broward County jail, where he is being held on double murder charges.
The 20-year-old rapper, real name Jamell Demons, filed for early release a day after a New York judge released rapper Tekashi69 on house arrest.
Melly was arrested last February on two counts of first-degree murder in the October 2018 shooting deaths of aspiring rappers YNW Juvy (Christopher Thomas Jr.), 19, and YNW Sakchaser (Anthony Williams), 21.
In a statement, Melly's legal team said they hoped his release from jail will allow the rapper to find "better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus."
Melly is not likely to be released due to the seriousness of his charges. He is facing the death penalty.
Tekashi69's lawyer also cited his health (he reportedly has asthma) in his request to a judge to release the troubled rapper from a federal lockup, where he served 13 months for federal RICO and weapons charges.
It isn't clear if the judge imposed any Internet or social media restrictions on Tekashi, 23, who will be on house arrest with an ankle monitor for the next four months.
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to the New York City Police Department's First Precinct early Friday morning after being served with criminal charges by the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
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Nicki Minaj surprised her fans when she went on the Ellen Degeneres Show and joked about keeping her personal life with Philly rapper Meek Mill private.
“I don’t even want to say I’m in a relationship anymore,” the 33-year-old rap mogul told host Ellen Degeneres.
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Philly rapper Meek Mill is already one week into his court-ordered house arrest, and he is already appealing. He isn't stressing about the house arrest; it's the concert ban that he is objecting to.
Meek is appealing the ban on the grounds that he is broke and the ban violates the most sacred rights of American citizenship: the ability to support himself financially.
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While his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend Nicki Minaj was twerking onstage in L.A. on Tuesday, rapper Meek Mill dropped a reported $75,000 on strippers in Philly on his last nights of freedom.
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Marissa Alexander could wind up back behind bars today if a judge decides to revoke her bond for running errands.
Alexander, 33, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for firing what she called a "warning shot" at her estranged husband who was at her home to pick up their son. The prosecution had argued that Alexander stalked her ex-husband because she had trouble letting go.
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As I told you in a recent post, rapper T.I. was on house arrest at his posh mansion for the remainder of his sentence.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., was sentenced to one year and a day in an Arkansas prison following a conviction for possessing machine guns and silencers. He served seven months of his sentence before being released to an Atlanta halfway house two days before Christmas.
The AJC quotes T.I.'s attorney Steve Sadow who notes that at the end of the day Friday, T.I.'s house arrest ends and he begins three years on probation. For the next 23 days, he will have to observe a curfew – home by 11 p.m. unless he has a concert, which pushes the deadline back two hours.
“He’s been working,” Sadow told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He intends to continue working, which includes being in the [recording] studio and performing concerts."
There are already a couple of official welcome home parties in the works for the rubber band man, including one at the new Vision nightclub, although the paperwork has not been finalized yet. Stay tuned!
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