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'RHONJ' Star Dina Manzo’s Ex-Husband Thomas Pleads Not Guilty To Hiring A Hitman To Assault Her BF

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By Ryan Naumann

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dina Manzo’s ex-husband Thomas has entered a plea of not guilty in the case accusing him of hiring a mobster to assault her new boyfriend.

According to reports, Thomas Manzo appeared in court via zoom and entered his plea to charges of committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity.

The judge set his bond at $100,000 and he will have to surrender his passport if he is released.

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As The Blast previously reported, earlier this month, Thomas was hit with a criminal indictment for his role in the attack on Dina’s current husband, David Cantin. Prosecutors claim he hired a man named John Perna, a member of the Lucchese Crime Family, to track down David in 2015. In exchange for the job being done he promised to give John a discounted wedding reception at a venue he owns.

John followed through with the job and tracked down David at a New Jersey strip mall. He attacked David with a slapjack and left him with permanent facial scars.

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According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Thomas is facing charges of committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity. Thomas is facing a maximum potential sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Thomas’ attorney said, “The allegations more resemble a fictional plot of a reality TV show and will be proven to be absolutely and totally false as it relates to Thomas Manzo.”

Days before the arrest, Dina posted a tribute to her husband, David Cantin, on her Instagram writing “He puts his arms around me and I am home... ❤️ 6•28 ❤️ Happy Anniversary my love, forever is a looong time but I look forward to every minute of it with you 💋”

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