Prosecutors: Mobster sentenced for assaulting 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' cast member’s husband

A reputed mobster who assaulted the then-boyfriend and now husband of former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member Dina Manzo in exchange for a deeply discounted lavish wedding reception is now headed to federal prison.

News 12 Staff

Jun 11, 2021, 8:57 AM

Updated 1,040 days ago

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A reputed mobster who assaulted the then-boyfriend and now husband of former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member Dina Manzo in exchange for a deeply discounted lavish wedding reception is now headed to federal prison.
John Perna, 44, of Cedar Grove, received a 30-month sentence Thursday.
Perna man must also pay $17,816 in restitution.
According to prosecutors, the former husband of cast member Manzo hired Perna to assault his ex-wife’s then boyfriend. Prosecutors say Perna is a member of the Lucchese organized crime family and carried out the assault in July 2015.
Prosecutors say a month later, Perna held a wedding reception at Thomas Manzo’s restaurant. Thomas Manzo has pleaded not guilty. AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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