The video shows Perna peacefully navigating the Capitol building corridors alongside fellow protestors and numerous police officers. Perna's suicide followed the decision by prosecutors to incorporate a terrorism enhancement in his sentencing.
Perna's family, in their grief, reportedly stated that he "couldn't take another day" upon learning about the sentencing enhancement. His aunt, in a conversation with Dinesh D'Souza for his documentary 'Police State,' disclosed that Perna was optimistic about serving time for his January 6 trespassing charge. However, the terrorism enhancement was an unbearable burden. She revealed that she had spoken to Perna's prosecutor after his death, who assured her that the enhancement would have been eventually dropped. Unfortunately, this assurance came too late for Perna.
The surveillance footage from the Capitol building shows Perna calmly walking through the hallways, accompanied by other individuals present that day, including police officers.
Julie Kelly, a senior contributor at American Greatness, who extensively covered the story, expressed her strong views on the prosecutors' actions. "When I say these prosecutors are sadistic, I mean it," she stated. Kelly also reported on a potential suicide case involving a January 6 defendant, who she claimed committed no violent crime and entered through an open door with Capitol police present. She criticized Biden's Department of Justice for attempting to ruin numerous lives over the past year, suggesting they may have another victim.
Kelly further accused the Biden administration and the news media of having "blood on their hands," referring to at least one other January 6 defendant who committed suicide. "When confirmed, this story should outrage every single American. And when I say these prosecutors are sadistic, I mean it," she reiterated.
The Capitol riot on January 6 led to the arrest of over 1,200 people. Among them was Ashli Babbitt, a Trump supporter who was fatally shot by Capitol Police while allegedly attempting to breach a door with a crowd of others.