By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Mercer County man who pleaded guilty to his role in the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol has died.
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Matthew Perna’s family said he died last week of “broken heart”. In his obituary, The family said, “The justice system killed his spirit and passion for life.” No cause of death was given.
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The family said Perna entered the Capitol through an open door, took pictures and didn’t break anything or injure anyone.
In December, Perna pleaded guilty to obstruction of Congress and three related misdemeanors. Prosecutors said he was at the Capitol for about 20 minutes. Then, according to court papers, Perna posted an eight-minute video on Facebook that read: “It’s not over yet, believe me. The purpose of today is to expose Pence as a traitor. “
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He will be sentenced this weekend. He faces 20 years in prison.
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