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A legal defense fund was set up to benefit Marine Corps veteran Daniel Penny, who faces a manslaughter charge in the recent death of Jordan Neely on a New York subway — and it had taken in nearly a half-million dollars by Friday afternoon.
Penny, a 24-year-old college student, was arraigned in New York on Friday morning on a charge of second-degree manslaughter. The charge came after protests in the city calling for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to prosecute him in connection with the mentally disturbed Neely’s death.
The New York Post reported that Penny placed Neely in a chokehold after the 30-year-old homeless man was verbally threatening passengers on a subway train on the afternoon of May 1.
“He said, ‘I don’t care. I’ll take a bullet, I’ll go to jail’ because he would kill people on the train,” a woman who witnessed the incident told the Post. “He said, ‘I would kill a motherf***er. I don’t care. I’ll take a bullet. I’ll go to jail.’”
The 66-year-old woman recounted that Penny — a New York native who served in the Marines from 2017 to 2021 — initially did not engage Neely during his aggressive rant but eventually stepped in.
“This gentleman, Mr. Penny, did not stand up,” the rider said. “Did not engage with the gentleman. He said not a word. It was all Mr. Neely that was … threatening the passengers. If he did not get what he wants.”
Video of the incident shared on social media showed Penny with his arm around Neely while two other riders assisted in subduing the man.
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