An online fundraiser for Daniel Penny, the man who earlier this month put Jordan Neely into a fatal chokehold aboard the New York City subway, has surpassed $400,000, and the number keeps on rocketing upwards.
The GiveSendGo page set up by Raiser & Kenniff, P.C. says the money will go toward the legal defense fund for Penny, a 24-year-old U.S. Marine veteran and college student, as he faces a second-degree manslaughter charge over the death of Neely, a homeless man who allegedly was terrorizing people on the train before Penny restrained him with a headlock for about 15 minutes.
Donations, some as high as $1,000, and prayers could be seen on the page after Penny surrendered to law enforcement in New York to be arraigned on Friday. Penny, who pleaded not guilty and was released on $100,000 bail, faces up to 15 years if convicted.
“Funds are being raised to pay Mr. Penny’s legal fees incurred from any criminal charges filed and any future civil lawsuits that may arise, as well as expenses related to his defense,” the fundraising page says. “All contributions are greatly appreciated. Any proceeds collected which exceed those necessary to cover Mr. Penny’s legal defense will be donated to a mental health advocacy program in New York City.” Read more…