Mathew Lawrence Perna faced up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 罰金
A convicted Capitol rioter from Pennsylvania died by suicide on 25 2月, according to local news reports.
Matthew Lawrence Perna was arrested just days after the 6 1月 2021 暴動, による 司法省. He was indicted a month later and pleaded guilty to all charges on 17 12月. He was awaiting his sentence in April.
The 37-year-old man from Sharpsville, ペンシルベニア, was charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, aiding and abetting, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.
Perna was one of the 786 people who have been charged with crimes related to the Capitol riots. He faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 (about £186,000).
A WKBN news report quoted an investigator as saying that Perna died by suicide. His family said in an obituary published on the news portal that he died of a “broken heart,” without revealing any more details about the circumstances surrounding his death.
彼らが書きました: “His community, which he loved, his country and the justice system killed his spirit and his zest for life. Matt was an amazing man! 彼の中で 37 年, he experienced more than most people do their entire lives.”
His family added that he was “peaceful” during the 6 January events. 彼らが書きました: “He attended the rally on 6 1月 2021 to peacefully stand up for his beliefs. After learning that the FBI was looking for him, he immediately turned himself in.”
“He entered the Capitol through a previously opened door (he did not break in as was reported), where he was ushered in by police. He didn’t break, touch or steal anything. He did not harm anyone, as he stayed within the velvet ropes taking pictures,」と彼らは付け加えた.
The obit added that he was “persecuted” by many members of his community, 友達, relatives and people who had never met him.
“Many people were quietly supportive and Matt was truly grateful for them,」家族は言った. “The constant delays in hearings and postponements dragged out for over a year. Because of this, Matt’s heart broke and his spirit died and many people are responsible for the pain he endured.”
しかしながら, インタビューで, Perna had himself admitted that at one point on 6 1月, he became “frustrated”, and using a “metal pole, tapped on a window of the Capitol building”.
According to many photos and videos from the riot, Perna can be seen wearing a red hoodie that read “Make America Great Again”.
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