Kenneth Petty scored a minor court victory today in California.
The state charges were dropped against him for not registering as a sex offender due to the fact he’s facing federal charges for the exact same thing.
via The Blast:
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.
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.
There’s been a lot of discussion as to why Kenneth Petty was charged and convicted of attempted rape in the first place.
Here’s a reminder:
The female victim told police that on September 16, 1994 in Queens, NY, she was walking down the street when Petty came up behind her and “placed a hard circular object” against her back and “made a clicking sound.” The victim believed Petty had a handgun against her body, and he instructed her to “keep walking.”
The two walked to an address down the street, and she claims Petty forced her upstairs into his bedroom by pushing her from behind with what she believed to be a handgun.
Once inside Petty’s room, the victim claimed he “laid his weight on top … pinched her sides and squeezed her neck causing her to sustain bruises and pain.” She then claimed Petty “forced his penis” into her vagina.
The victim claimed she tried to escape, but Petty “brandished a knife” and held it against her stomach, telling her “she could not leave.” The victim claims she eventually struck Petty with a plastic bottle and escaped.
Petty was charged with 5 crimes, rape in the 1st degree, sexual abuse in the 1st degree, unlawful imprisonment in the 2nd degree, assault in the 2nd degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree.
He later pled down and was convicted of attempted rape in the 1st degree, and served 4 years in prison.