Dina Manzo’s ex-husband pleads not responsible to hiring hitman to assault her now-husband

Former “RHONJ” star Dina Manzo’s ex-husband pleaded not responsible on Tuesday to prices he employed a Mafia hitman to beat up her present partner.

Tommy Manzo appeared through Zoom earlier than a federal court docket for allegedly hiring Lucchese crime household soldier John Perna to hold out an assault on the truth star’s now-hubby in change for a reduction wedding ceremony reception on the Manzo household catering corridor in Paterson, N.J.

The 55-year-old, who was given $100,000 bail by federal Choose Cathy L. Waldor, was hit prices of committing a violent crime in help of racketeering, assault with a harmful weapon and falsifying data, every of which carries a 20-year most sentence and $250,000 high-quality.

If he makes bail, he will likely be beneath supervision and should give up his passports and journey paperwork.

Perna, 43, was arraigned Tuesday on the identical prices and in addition pleaded not responsible to beating up sufferer Dave Cantin — who was relationship Dina on the time of the July 2015 assault. He additionally was hit with a depend of insurance coverage fraud for falsely reporting his Mercedes Benz was destroyed in 2016 after setting it on fireplace with different Lucchese mobsters.

He was given the identical bail circumstances as Manzo, besides he may even be beneath 24-hour supervision and residential incarceration with digital monitoring.

Federal officers mentioned that 330 folks, together with “many members” of the Lucchese crime household, attended Perna’s August 2015 ceremony and prosecutors alleged of their indictment that Tommy falsified and hid data associated to the federal investigation of the assault when federal grand jury subpoenas have been despatched to the Brownstone.

In November 2019, brokers with the FBI executed a search warrant on the Brownstone Restaurant and seized invoices for the August 2015 Perna wedding ceremony reception and different related paperwork that weren’t beforehand turned over.

Manzo’s lawyer, Michael Critchley, had earlier launched an announcement saying his shopper is “completely harmless, and the allegations extra resemble a fictionalized plot of a actuality TV present and will likely be confirmed to be nothing greater than that.”

Tommy and Dina have been married for 11 years earlier than their divorce was finalized in 2016 and the alleged assault occurred.

Dina and Cantin have been additionally attacked in a 2017 dwelling invasion. The alleged attacker, James Mainello, was indicted by a grand jury in July 2019 and faces as much as 20 years in jail for the crime.

Dina and Cantin tied the knot in Might 2019.

Dina and Cantin’s civil lawyer, Andrew Brettler, instructed Web page Six on Tuesday that “each of them have been victims of a horrific dwelling invasion and assault. Now we have full religion within the legislation enforcement authorities to see that Dina and Dave get the justice they deserve.”

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