People attend the funeral for Jordan Neely, a homeless man choked to death on a subway car, in New York City’s Harlem on May 19, 2023. (Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
The crowdfund for Daniel Penny, who killed Jordan Neely on a New York City subway, has reached millions of dollars. To assist in his defense charges of second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, Penny, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges in connection to Neely’s death, has raised close to $3 million, ABC News reports.
The money that doesn’t go toward his legal fees will be donated to a NYC-based mental health advocacy program.
Penny, a Marine veteran, was the center of the controversy involving Neely, a homeless man. Witnesses say Neely entered the train and began making verbal threats against passengers. One witness claims Neely was heard saying, “I don’t have food. I don’t have a drink. I am fed up. I don’t care if I go to jail, and if they give me life in prison … I am ready to die.”
Penny then put the man in a chokehold for several minutes, ultimately killing him.
According to The Hill, Penny’s attorneys say he had no intention of hurting Neely, but the death unleashed racial justice protests across the county. Neely’s family is calling for Penny to serve prison time for his crime.
Penny’s next court appearance is October 25.
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Source: Black Enterprise