A famous gangster who assaulted the then-boyfriend and now husband of former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” actress Dina Manzo in exchange for a lavish wedding reception has been sentenced to more than two years of federal prison.
John Perna, 44, of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, is also due to pay $ 17,816 in restitution as part of the 30-month sentence he received on Thursday, according to federal prosecutors.
Perna pleaded guilty last December to committing a violent crime for the benefit of racketeering activities.
Prosecutors allege that Thomas Manzo, Dina’s ex-husband, hired Perna to assault her ex-wife’s boyfriend at the time.
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Perna is part of the Lucchese organized crime family and carried out the assault with a member of his crew in July 2015, prosecutors said.
Authorities said that a month later, Perna hosted a wedding reception for 330 guests at Thomas Manzo’s Brownstone restaurant in Paterson for “a fraction of the price.” Many of the guests were members of the Lucchese criminal family, prosecutors said.
Thomas Manzo has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and to having committed a violent crime for the benefit of racketeering activities. He’s awaiting trial.
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Dina Manzo left the reality TV series Bravo in 2015 and married Dave Cantin in June 2017.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.