Marine veteran Daniel Penny has been released from custody on a $100,000 bond after handing himself in to the NYPD this morning to face a second degree manslaughter charge for the chokehold death of Jordan Neely.
Penny, 24, surrendered at the NYPD’s 5th with his attorneys. He then traveled to the Manhattan Criminal Court to be arraigned on a second degree manslaughter.
slaughter charge, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years.
After receiving some $300,000 in donations from well-wishers via the Christian website GiveSendGo, he posted $100,000 bond today and was released.
On May 1, he put Neely – a mentally ill, homeless man with a record of 40 prior arrests including violent attacks – in a chokehold after Neely shouted that he was ‘fed up’ and wanted to go to jail.
Daniel Penny leaves Manhattan Criminal Court after posting a $100,000 bond. He was arraigned on a second degree manslaughter charge
Neely was escorted out of the courthouse while media scrum gathered outside
Penny leaving Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday after being arraigned
They were both traveling on the F train in New York City, and part of the incident was filmed.
His attorneys last night released a statement saying he doesn’t deserve the charges and that he was merely trying to protect himself and his fellow passengers from Neely.
A 66-year-old female witness to the incident spoke anonymously to The New York Post last night on the eve of Penny’s arraignment to support him.
She said there are more videos of the altercation that led up to the chokehold that she believes will absolve Penny of wrongdoing.
‘So I believe that those videos are going to come forward, maybe people will do it anonymously.
‘I hope he has a great lawyer, and I’m praying for him. And I pray that he gets treated fairly, I really do.
‘Because after all of this ensued I went back and made sure that I said, “thank you” to him.’
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
Penny, 24, surrendered at the NYPD’s 5th Precinct this morning. He will now go to Manhattan Criminal Court to be arraigned on a second degree manslaughter charge, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years
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
Penny, wearing a slim -fitting black suit, Vans and a white shirt, said nothing as he entered the precinct
The 24-year-old was accompanied by his attorney and a security guard
Daniel Penny is yet to make any kind of public statement though his attorneys have released statements on his behalf
Penny entering the 5th Precinct this morning
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
She said Neely brought on the chokehold by threatening the entire train and many of them took the threats seriously.
‘He said, “I don’t care. I’ll take a bullet, I’ll go to jail” because he would kill people on the train.
‘He said ‘I would kill a motherf***er. I don’t care. I’ll take a bullet. I’ll go to jail.’
‘This gentleman, Mr. Penny, did not stand up. 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,’ she said.
Eventually, Penny stood up and pulled him to the ground. Two other men helped subdue him.
Neither of them have been charged.
According to witnesses on the subway, Neely had been threatening to kill someone because he wanted a ticket to jail where he would fed regularly
In their statement last night, Penny’s attorneys said: ‘When Mr. Penny, a decorated Marine veteran, stepped in to protect himself and his fellow New Yorkers, his well-being was not assured.
‘He risked his own life and safety, for the good of his fellow passengers.
‘The unfortunate result was the unintended and unforeseen death of Mr. Neely.
‘We are confident that once all the facts and circumstances surrounding this tragic incident are brought to bear, Mr. Penny will be fully absolved of any wrongdoing.’
Neely’s family are calling for more intense charges. His uncle last night said the Marine deserved to be hit with a murder charge.
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg was under intense pressure to charge Penny, with Democrats and protesters calling his death murder.
Penny, meanwhile, has received a rush of support from Marine veterans, Republicans and New Yorkers fed up with the city’s crime and homelessness.
Protests erupted have been staged near the Broadway Lafayette subway station where Neely died.
In an effort to calm the public outrage and debate over the case, New York City Mayor Eric Adams initially urged patience.
Last night, he spoke more sympathetically, appealing to Neely’s family.
‘One thing we can control is how our city responds to this tragedy. One thing we can say for sure: Jordan Neely did not deserve to die.
‘Jordan Neely’s life mattered. He was suffering from severe mental illness, but that was not the cause of his death.
‘His death was a tragedy that never should have happened.’
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg was under pressure from protesters to bring charges against the Marine