An alleged dacoit pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting the husband of “New Jersey Housewives” star Dinah Manzo.
John Perna, 43, of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, admitted to planning and attacking David Canteen outside a strip mall in July 2015. Canteen was not named in a press release by the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey.
Perna was forbidden, according to the plaintiffs and the indictment, to attack the canteen and leave a “permanent facial scar” by Manto’s ex-husband, Thomas Manzo. Authorities said Perna was a member of one of New York City’s most notorious organized crime groups.
According to investigators, Thomas Manzo, co-owner of the New Jersey restaurant and wedding venue, offered Perna a free or discounted wedding in exchange for the attack.
The indictment states that Perna – armed with a club known as a slap and an unknown member of his crew – chased him from Canteen to a strip mall in Passaic County and attacked him in the parking lot.
The press release stated that less than a month after the attack, Perna “paid the price” for her wedding at Thomas Manzo’s venue.
“The reception was attended by more than 330 guests, many of whom were members of the Lucci Crime Family,” officials said.
An attorney for Perna could not immediately be reached on Wednesday.
Perada pleaded guilty through videoconferencing to one count of committing a violent crime with the help of Raina’s activity. He faced a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000. His sentence is set for April 28, 2021.
The indictment also accuses 55-year-old Thomas Manzo. His lawyer did not return a request for comment on Wednesday.