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He Former Marine Daniel Pennywho killed a man with a chokehold in the New York subway on May 1 in events that were recorded and later viewed by millions of people, He will appear before the judge on June 28..
Local media cite the Manhattan prosecutor’s office, but without mentioning the specific charges that will be filed against him for killing Jordan Neely, a homeless man who used to perform on the subway as a Michael Jackson impersonator and that on the day of the events he had allegedly displayed erratic behavior before being knocked to the ground by Penny and then strangled.
Penny, 24, turned herself in voluntarily eleven days after the events following the scandal that was growing in the media, also due to the racial ingredient, as Penny is a white-eyed young man and Neely, who was 30, was black. .
The New York Post newspaper assures that the charges for which Penny will be charged will be “involuntary manslaughter in the second degree” and “negligent homicide”; that is, the intent to kill will be excluded.
If found guilty, he would face a maximum sentence of 19 years in prison.
His lawyers, from the Raiser and Kenniff law firm, have issued a statement in which they are confident that the jury “will weigh the evidence and find that Daniel’s acts in that carriage were fully justified.”
That same firm has launched a donation campaign through a Christian page that has already collected 2.88 million dollars to finance the defensedonated by 58,560 users to date.
The firm opened the online account at GiveSendGo in May and in just two days he had already raised more than $1,700,000.
“Funds are being raised to pay for Penny’s legal fees incurred for any criminal charges filed and any future civil lawsuits that may arise, as well as expenses related to her defense,” the GiveSendGo page states.
The remaining money will be donated to a mental health program, according to the firm.
The case has generated a strong debate with components of race, mental health and public safety, and also due to the fact that no one acted to prevent the fatal outcome, despite the fact that there were several passengers who watched the scene, recorded what happened or even they were helping to immobilize Neely.