by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
New Jersey's US Attorney Cragi Carpenito announced this afternoon that John Perna, 43, of Cedar Grove, pled guilty today to planning and carrying out an aggravated assault as a "made man" Soldier in the Lucchese Crime Family.
The first count of the June, 2020, indictment which Perna pled guilty to charged him with committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity.
Also charged in the indictment was Thomas Manzo, 55, of Franklin Lakes whose case is still being heard in court.
Manzo is the ex-husband of Dina Cantin who is known for appearing on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. They separated in 2012, and their divorce was finalized in 2016.
The assault was made against Cantin's current husband who at the time of his assault was her new boyfriend.
The guilty plea came over videoconference in front of U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty.
According to Court statements and filed documents:
AUGUST 16, 2015:
Jan. 2, 2016:
Jan. 3, 2016:
FEBRUARY 17 2016:
JUNE 30, 2020:
Perna's sentencing is scheduled for April 28, 2021.
Violent Crime In Aid of Racketeering Activity
The investigation leading to today's guilty plea by Perna was led by: