Gangster jailed for 30 months for assaulting husband of former ‘Real Housewives’ star

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Gangster gets 30 months in jail for assaulting former ‘Real Housewives’ star’s husband to get huge discount on his lavish wedding reception

  • John Perna was found guilty of assaulting Dina Manzo’s now-husband in 2015
  • The attack was allegedly carried out at the request of Manzo’s ex-husband
  • Tom Manzo was reportedly angry that Dina had moved in with David Cantin
  • Perna and a gangster employee attacked Cantin in July 2015 with a slapjack, a club weapon favored by gangsters, in the parking lot of a New Jersey strip mall.
  • In return, Cantin reportedly got a discount on Tom trouw’s wedding venue

A well-known mobster has been sentenced to two and a half years for assaulting the husband of former ‘Real Housewives’ star Dina Manzo.

John Perna, 44, of Cedar Grove, New Jersey was found guilty of assaulting Manzo’s new boyfriend David Cantin — now her husband — at the request of her jealous ex-husband Tom Manzo in 2015, acting US Attorney Rachael Honig said in a statement. .

Perna, who is reportedly a soldier in the Lucchese crime family, pleaded guilty in 2020 to a federal charge of committing a violent crime for the purpose of extortion.

Well-known mobster John Perna, 44, (pictured) has been sentenced to two and a half years for assaulting the husband of former 'Real Housewives' star Dina Manzo.

Perna was accused of assaulting Dina Manzo's then-boyfriend and now husband, Dave Cantin (pictured together) in July 2015

Known mobster John Perna, 44, (pictured) has been sentenced to two and a half years for assaulting the husband of former ‘Real Housewives’ star Dina Manzo (pictured right together)

In exchange for his services, Perna is said to have received a huge discount on a wedding reception at Tom Manzon’s Patterson restaurant in Brownstone.

“The reception was attended by more than 330 guests, many of whom were members of the Lucchese Crime Family,” the police statement said. New York Post said.

Perna and a mobster associate attacked Cantin in July 2015 with a slapjack, a club weapon favored by mobsters, in the parking lot of a New Jersey strip mall, according to prosecutors.

The incident left Cantin, who married Dina in 2017, with a permanent scar on the face.

Dina and Tom Manzo split in 2012 and divorced in 2016, with their marriage on the run at the time of the attack.

After being released from prison, Perna will be released under surveillance for three years. He will also have to pay nearly $18,000 in restitution, the federal judge ordered.

Prosecutors say Dina's ex-husband Thomas Manzo (pictured together) hired Perna to attack Cantin because he was angry that she had moved in with her new boyfriend after they broke up.  Manzo and Dina were married for seven years before breaking up in 2012 and finalizing their divorce in 2016

Prosecutors say Dina’s ex-husband Thomas Manzo (pictured together) hired Perna to attack Cantin because he was angry that she had moved in with her new boyfriend after they broke up. Manzo and Dina were married for seven years before breaking up in 2012 and finalizing their divorce in 2016

Perna and a mafia operative attacked Cantin with a slapjack, a club-like weapon (stock image)

Perna and a mafia operative attacked Cantin with a slapjack, a club-like weapon (stock image)

Both Manzo and Perna were arrested last June and charged with: conspiracy and committing a violent crime for the purpose of extortion.

Manzo 56, pleaded not guilty. He was recently charged in a separate incident in which he and an employee are accused of assaulting his wife and her new husband in a break-in in 2017.

Manzo co-owns the Brownstone location with his brother Albert. The location appeared on episodes of the RHONJ when Dina was on the show.

The wedding Perna held was paid for by another Lucchese co-worker and close friend of Manzo.

The wedding and reception, which took place in August 2015, was attended by about 330 people and many members of the Lucchese crime family, prosecutors say.

In exchange for carrying out the attack, prosecutors say Manzo allowed Perna to hold a lavish wedding reception at his Brownstone Restaurant (pictured) in Paterson, New Jersey for a fraction of the price.

In exchange for carrying out the attack, prosecutors say Manzo allowed Perna to hold a lavish wedding reception at his Brownstone Restaurant (pictured) in Paterson, New Jersey for a fraction of the price.

In addition to orchestrating the alleged attack, Manzo was also charged with falsifying and concealing records when federal authorities investigating the attack subpoenaed the venue for documents related to the wedding.

Manzo failed to provide relevant documents in response to those subpoenas and intentionally filed a false receipt of receipt, the indictment said.

FBI agents raided the location in November last year, confiscating bills for the wedding reception, as well as other relevant documents that had not previously been handed over.

Dina (seen here in 2010) starred in seasons one, two and six of Real Housewives of New Jersey and also appeared as a guest in season four

Dina (seen here in 2010) starred in seasons one, two and six of Real Housewives of New Jersey and also appeared as a guest in season four

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