It has become abundantly clear to many Americans that President Joe Biden’s Justice Department is intent on utterly ruining and destroying the lives of former President Donald Trump’s supporters who participated in any capacity in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in 2021.
That has now led to at least one Jan. 6 defendant taking their own life by way of suicide after being punitively persecuted by the Biden administration, The Hill reported.
That man is Matthew Perna from Pennsylvania, and according to his family, it was his “broken heart” due to how he had been treated by his government and fellow Americans that prompted him to end his ruined life.
Family holds government accountable for son’s suicide
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the 37-year-old Perna had pleaded guilty in December to four criminal charges related to the Jan. 6 riot and was due to face sentencing at a hearing in April.
Unfortunately, per confirmation from the Mercer County Coroner on Tuesday, Perna died by way of suicide at his residence on Friday.
“His community, which he loved, his country, and the justice system killed his spirit and his zest for life,” Perna’s family said in his obituary. “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.”
The family went on to say that Perna had attended the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington D.C. to “peacefully stand up for his beliefs,” and explicitly noted that he had not engaged in any violence or caused any damage or steal anything while at the Capitol building.
“For this act he has been persecuted by many members of his community, friends, relatives and people who had never met him,” the family lamented. The family remained, however, “extremely proud of his passion for life and his pursuit of many dreams.”
Facing severe penalties for simply walking nonviolently inside the Capitol building
That account from the family of Perna’s minimal level of participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot isn’t far off from what is described in the government’s court documents, which noted that Perna had entered the Capitol after barriers had already been breached by others, walked around and filmed what was happening with his cellphone for 20 minutes, and then left the building.
For just that, Biden’s DOJ charged Perna with four separate crimes: Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and 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.
According to a DOJ press release announcing Perna’s plea agreement in December, the nonviolent defendant “faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the felony charge and additional penalties on the misdemeanor offenses.”
Matthew Perna may have ultimately taken his own life, but it was quite clearly President Biden’s DOJ, as well as the insanely vitriolic attacks on Jan. 6 defendants from Biden’s supporters, that drove him to make such a fateful decision, and it would be nice if the administration would acknowledge as much, if not make an apology and pay restitution to Perna’s grieving family.