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Musician Kid Rock was among the largest donors to Marine veteran Daniel Penny as he prepares to fight for his freedom in court in regard to a deadly encounter he had on a New York City subway two weeks ago.
Penny was one of three men who subdued 30-year-old Jordan Neely on May 1 after the man had made threats and otherwise acted erratically.
Video shared online after the incident went viral and showed Penny put Neely in what proved to be a fatal chokehold.
Before Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg charged Penny with second-degree manslaughter last week, a campaign was launched to help him cover any potential legal expenses.
Penny surrendered to police on Friday morning and was released later that day.
A GiveSendGo campaign set up for him had hauled in more than $2.1 million as of Monday afternoon. Kid Rock was among those who donated big.
The musician, whose legal name is Robert Ritchie, chipped in $5,000 and commented, “Mr. Penny is a hero. Alvin Bragg is a POS. Kid Rock.”
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