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Grand Jury Formally Accuses Daniel Penny for Strangulation Death of NYC Subway Rider Jordan Neely

by Lucas Garcia
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Daniel Penny Indictment

Daniel Penny, who was charged with manslaughter for fatally strangling an agitated New York City subway commuter, has been formally accused by a grand jury, facilitating the progression of the criminal case.

Last month, Manhattan prosecutors brought charges against Penny in relation to the death of Jordan Neely on May 1. Neely, who previously impersonated Michael Jackson, had been grappling with homelessness and mental health issues in recent years.

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The proceedings of the grand jury remain confidential, and representatives for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg refrained from commenting on Wednesday. Nevertheless, New York City Mayor Eric Adams confirmed the indictment.

“I’m grateful to DA Bragg for thoroughly investigating Jordan Neely’s death. As I stated when the DA initially filed charges, I trust the judicial system, and with the Grand Jury’s indictment of Daniel Penny, the trial and justice can proceed,” stated Mayor Adams.

Neely was verbally confronting commuters and soliciting money when Penny, aided by two other passengers, pinned him to the floor of the moving subway. Penny, a former U.S. Marine, then kept Neely in a strangling grip for over three minutes.

Penny insists he was defending himself and fellow passengers, alleging Neely threatened “I’m gonna’ kill you” and that he was “ready to die” or face lifelong imprisonment.

A freelance journalist who filmed Neely’s desperate struggle and subsequent loss of consciousness noted that while he was behaving aggressively and causing fear, he hadn’t physically attacked anyone. Neely was Black, while Penny is white.

Steven Raiser and Thomas Kenniff, Penny’s attorneys, stated that Penny had no intention to kill Neely but to restrain him until police arrived.

“While we respect the grand jury’s decision to proceed with the trial, it’s important to highlight that the burden of proof in a grand jury is relatively low and there’s been no conclusion of misconduct. We are confident that when the trial jury evaluates the evidence, they will deem Daniel Penny’s actions on the train were completely justified,” commented Raiser.

Neely’s death spurred protests from those who perceived it as another instance of racial injustice. However, some people, including several Republican presidential contenders, have rallied behind Penny. A fund established for Penny’s legal defense has gathered over $2.8 million, as per his attorneys.

Following his May 12 arraignment, Penny, aged 24, was released on a $100,000 bond. He is required to return to court for arraignment on the new indictment.

New York law mandates a grand jury indictment for the case to proceed.

If found guilty, Penny may serve a lengthy prison term.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Daniel Penny Indictment

Who is Daniel Penny?

Daniel Penny is a former U.S. Marine who has been indicted by a grand jury for the chokehold death of Jordan Neely, a New York City subway rider.

What was the incident involving Daniel Penny and Jordan Neely?

Neely, who was shouting at passengers and begging for money, was pinned to the floor of a moving subway car by Penny and two other riders. Penny then held Neely in a chokehold for over three minutes which resulted in Neely’s death.

Has Daniel Penny been charged with any crime?

Yes, Daniel Penny has been charged with manslaughter for the death of Jordan Neely. He was indicted by a grand jury which allows the criminal case to move forward.

Who is supporting Daniel Penny?

Penny has received support from some individuals, including several 2024 Republican presidential candidates. A fund set up for his legal defense has raised more than $2.8 million.

What is the potential consequence for Daniel Penny if found guilty?

If convicted, Daniel Penny could face a lengthy term in prison.

What’s the public response to the incident?

The incident has provoked public response on both sides, with some people protesting Neely’s death as an instance of racial injustice, while others, including several Republican presidential hopefuls, rallied behind Penny.

What was the reaction of New York City’s Mayor to the indictment?

Mayor Eric Adams confirmed the indictment and expressed his faith in the judicial process. He has previously referred to the fatal subway chokehold incident as a “tragedy that never should have happened.”

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7 comments

JimS June 15, 2023 - 5:56 am

I just don’t get it, why someone gets involved when they don’t have to? Penny, why’d u get in the mix…you weren’t a cop man :/

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SusanQ June 15, 2023 - 10:41 am

honestly, i think this is racial profiling, period. so many problems in our society. it’s 2023 but seems we haven’t learned from the past.

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NYCLover June 15, 2023 - 11:23 am

this whole situation is just a mess. thoughts go out to Neely’s fam.

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Marine4Life June 15, 2023 - 3:10 pm

Penny is a former Marine. He was trained to protect. I bet he was just reacting to a perceived threat. thats just my 2 cents.

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TruthSeeker101 June 15, 2023 - 4:09 pm

I cant wait for the trial, only then will we know the real truth… the video I saw doesn’t tell the whole story!

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LawandOrderFan June 15, 2023 - 5:13 pm

it’s important to remember, innocent until proven guilty! Penny deserves his day in court.

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Mike_H June 15, 2023 - 10:49 pm

$2.8 million raised for his defense!?! Thats insane… but hey, it’s a free country. everyone has a right to a fair trial.

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