Matthew Lawrence Perna died of a broken heart on February 25, 2022. His enthusiasm and zeal for life were destroyed by his community (which he loved), country, and the legal system. Matt was a truly remarkable individual! He saw more in his 37 years than most individuals do in their entire lives. He graduated from Sharpsville High School in 2002, then graduated from Penn State University.
On his Facebook page, he shared an 8-minute video:
At approximately 2.47 p.m., Matthew Perna, 37, entered the Capitol. According to court filings, he was in the Senate Wing lobby for roughly 20 minutes on January 6. “Trust me, it’s not over yet,” the court document stated. In the District of Columbia, Perner pleaded guilty to one felony count of obstruction of Congress and three associated misdemeanors.
On February 25, Perna was charged and sentenced on March 3, 2022. His charges involve a possible sentence of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine, as well as other minor consequences. After considering state rules, a federal district judge reached a decision.
The United States Attorney prosecutes the case for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice’s Department of Homeland Security’s Counterterrorism Division. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania was beneficial. The matter was being investigated by the FBI’s Washington and Pittsburgh field offices, with assistance from the U.S. government. The investigation is being conducted by Capitol Police and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. In their information search photos, the FBI’s Washington field office recognized Perna as No. 73.
Who is Matthew Perna:
Matt enjoyed traveling and taught English to schoolchildren in Thailand and South Korea. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America, India, and the United States, forging lifelong connections along the way. He was sent on a mission trip to Haiti and traveled extensively with his parents and brother Steve. Matt liked talking to people from all walks of life, especially the elderly. He was constantly eager to learn from people and would talk with strangers.
Matt is survived by his beloved Father, Lawrence (Sharpsville), his brother Steven (Nederland, CO), his Grandmother Rosie Garzoni (Hermitage), and several aunts, uncles, and cousins who will never forget him. His incredible Mother Roni, his grandparents Henry and Millie Perna, and his grandfather Frank J. Garzoni were all before him in death. Matt had a particular bond with Frank J, whom he admired and greatly missed.
Matt’s family has stood by him during this traumatic experience, and they are incredibly proud of his zest for life and pursuit of many goals. His family feels appreciative and humbled by his bravery last year, rather than looking down on him. According to popular belief, God never gives someone more than they can manage. That assertion is not only untrue but also unbiblical. Matt, you can finally relax since you’re free!
I am incredibly saddened to hear that Matthew Perna, a January 6th defendant and apparently a brilliant young man, committed suicide this morning.
I will be praying for his friends and family.
He was set up by a corrupt FBI, and this should have never happened!
— Alex Sheppard 🇺🇸 (@NotAlexSheppard) February 28, 2022