Crowdfund for ex-Marine Daniel Penny hits $1 MILLION after he was charged with second-degree manslaughter for choking death of homeless schizophrenic Jordan Neely
- The crowdfund page for the ex-Marine accused of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Jordan Neely has surpassed $1million
- Daniel Penny’s fundraiser was set up by his lawyers on the page Give Send Go, the page is synonymous with conservative causes such as the Freedom Convoy
- Penny is charged with second degree manslaughter in Neely’s death, he could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted
A crowdfunding effort for the ex-Marine charged with second-degree manslaughter over the death of a homeless schizophrenic on a New York City subway has soared past $1million.
The fund, set up by Daniel Penny’s attorneys, says it will be used to pay for 24-year-old Long Island native’s legal fees and for ‘any future civil lawsuits that may arise, as well as expenses related to his defense.’
The fundraising platform being used is named GiveSendGo which until now was better known for being used by those charged with participating in the January 6th Capitol riot and by supporters of Kyle Rittenhouse.
The page hit the $1million mark in the hours after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted a link to the page. On Friday, Penny, 24, was freed pending trial hours after turning himself in at a police precinct and appearing in court to answer criminal charges. He did not enter a plea.
Bail bondsman Ira Judelson told DailyMail.com Penny was ‘very quiet and nervous’ and was ‘respectful’ as he was arrested and arraigned.
Daniel Penny, 24, handed himself into the NYPD’s 5th Precinct this morning. He will go to court shortly to be arraigned on a second degree manslaughter charge which carries a sentence of up to 15 years. He is pictured with his attorney
Many of those who have donated large sums to Penny’s cause are anonymous, including the person who has made the biggest pledge of $10,000.
The person did leave a comment that read: ‘Thank you for protecting the citizens that day.’ The second highest giver, who pledged $5,000, is also anonymous.
That person wrote: ‘Do the right thing. Dan did. It’s not that tough.’
Give Send Go has been plagued with numerous data breaches at the time of the Freedom Convoy in Canada when a group of truckers sought to defy Covid-19 protocols.
In those breaches, donators’ names were leaked online and revealed software billionaire Thomas Siebel to be among the most generous, donating $90,000.
DeSantis was hit with mixed reaction to rowing in behind Penny, with some criticizing him for supporting vigilantism while others said it was a strong move.
Conservative blog RedState wrote in the wake of the governor’s comments his remarks are ‘another clear marker he is prepping a run for higher office, i.e., the Presidency, in either 2024 or 2028, most likely 2024.’
RedState notes in its report that public statements such as the governor’s remarks on Jordan Neely ‘will play well with the conservative voter base. The question is how it will go over with the general public.’
Neely was a former subway performer who was renowned for his Michael Jackson impersonation, but in recent years he had fallen on hard times and was battling schizophrenia.
His death prompted protests, while others embraced Penny as a hero. His lawyers have said he was acting in self-defense. Lawyers for Neely’s family said Neely wasn’t harming anyone and didn’t deserve to die.
Penny (left) will today hand himself into the NYPD and is due to be arraigned on a second degree manslaughter charge for putting Jordan Neely (right)
Neely’s mental health had deteriorated drastically in recent years, according to his family
An autopsy ruled Neely’s death a homicide due to compression of the neck. ‘Jordan Neely should still be alive today,’ Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said.
Penny didn’t speak to reporters. At a brief arraignment, Penny faced straight ahead, his hands cuffed.
He spoke softly, offering one-word answers to Judge Kevin McGrath as his lawyer, Steve Raiser, placed an arm around his shoulder.
If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
Ira Judelson, who has arranged bonds for famous cases in New York for decades, said: ‘I don’t know what was going on inside his head, but it seemed like he wanted to get this over with and have the case move on.’
According to Judelson, Penny is ‘not flight risk’. He said: ‘I’ve been doing this for 25 years and in my opinion he will answer to all his court dates and will be there.’
He added: ‘I don’t know what happened on that train. I can tell you Mr Penny will be in court.’
Under the bail terms, Penny’s parents put up $10,000 in cash and guaranteed the other $90,000 if he were to flee.
Penny will have to report to Judelson once a week and has surrendered his passport. Judelson revealed Penny is due to graduate from a college in New York soon and wants to be an architect.
His parents were not in court under the advice of Judelson who sent a security guard to make sure Penny got through his first court appearance.
Judelson said: ‘The court appearance went smoothly. Penny’s life is a whirlwind right now. His name is all over the place’.
Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass said Neely had been making threats and ‘scaring passengers’ when Penny approached him from behind and placed him in a chokehold.
Penny ‘continued to hold Mr. Neely in the chokehold for several minutes,’ even after he stopped moving, Steinglass said.
Neely was escorted out of the courthouse while media scrum gathered outside
Daniel Penny emerges from the NYPD’s 5th Precinct after being booked on a single manslaughter charge
Penny is put in the back of a police car in handcuffs
A freelance journalist who recorded Neely struggling to free himself, then lapsing into unconsciousness, said he had been shouting at passengers and begging for money aboard the train but had not gotten physical with anyone.
Penny pinned Neely to the floor of the subway car with the help of two other passengers and held him in a chokehold.
Neely’s death has raised an uproar over many issues, including how the city treats people with mental illness, as well as crime, race and vigilantism.
Police questioned Penny, who is white, in the aftermath but released him without charges. Neely was black.
Thomas Kenniff, a lawyer for Penny, said he didn’t mean to harm Neely and is dealing with the situation with the ‘integrity and honor that is characteristic of who he is and characteristic of his honorable service in the United States Marine Corps.’
Donte Mills, a lawyer for Neely’s family, disputed Penny’s version of events, saying the veteran ‘acted with indifference. He didn’t care about Jordan, he cared about himself. And we can’t let that stand.’
‘Mr. Neely did not attack anyone.’ Mills said at a news conference Friday. ‘He did not touch anyone. He did not hit anyone. But he was choked to death.’
Neely’s father, Andre Zachery, wept as another family lawyer, Lennon Edwards, recounted the last moments before Penny tackled Neely to the ground and put him in a chokehold. ‘What did he think would happen?’ Mills asked.
Neely, remembered by some commuters for his Michael Jackson impersonations, had been dealing with homelessness and mental illness in recent years, friends said.
He had been arrested multiple times and had recently pleaded guilty for assaulting a 67-year-old woman leaving a subway station in 2021.
Mills said Neely’s outlook changed after his mother was killed by her boyfriend in 2007.
‘No one on that train asked Jordan: ‘What’s wrong, how can I help you?’ Mills said, urging New Yorkers in a similar situation: ‘Don’t attack. Don’t choke. Don’t kill.
‘Don’t take someone’s life. Don’t take someone’s loved one from them because they’re in a bad place.’
Roger Abrams, a community health representative, said he saw Neely on the subway a week before his death.
Neely was disheveled and told people he was hungry and in need of spare change. Abrams said he approached Neely and asked him why he no longer performs.
‘I haven’t been feeling well,’ Abrams remembered Neely saying.
The Manhattan DA’s office waited to file charges in part because prosecutors wanted to learn more about what happened aboard the train.
The delay helped fuel protests in the city. Some people climbed down to subway tracks, disrupting service and leading to arrests.
Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday that Neely’s death shouldn’t have happened.
A second-degree manslaughter conviction in New York requires a jury to find a person engaged in reckless conduct that created an unjustifiable risk of death, consciously disregarded that risk and acted in a way that grossly deviated from how a reasonable person would act in a similar situation.
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