Ex-Marine Daniel Penny faces as much as 15 years in Jordan Neely subway loss of life — one 12 months for each minute of the chokehold

  • Prosecutors say they will cost Daniel Penny with 2nd-degree manslaughter for Jordan Neely’s loss of life.
  • Neely died earlier this month after Penny positioned him in a deadly chokehold on a NYC subway automobile.
  • Penny might be in court docket in Manhattan Friday on costs carrying as much as 15 years in jail.

The previous Marine proven on video placing homeless subway rider Jordan Neely in a deadly chokehold final week might be charged with manslaughter, in line with Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg. 

If convicted, Daniel Penny, 24, would face a minimal of three and a half years in jail, and as a lot as 15 years, underneath New York state sentencing tips. 


Penny, an ex-Marine who confronted Neely on an F prepare on Might 1, will seemingly give up to the Manhattan district lawyer’s workplace on Friday.

The second-degree manslaughter cost means prosecutors are alleging Penny had a acutely aware consciousness of the chance his actions may trigger, together with the potential of Neely’s loss of life, mentioned Jeffrey Lichtman, a longtime protection lawyer.

Lichtman advised Insider that given the press accounts of Neely’s conduct, which some accounts described as “threatening,” previous to the chokehold, in addition to the burden of proof required for a second-degree manslaughter cost, he thinks the case will seemingly finish in an acquittal.

 “You place 12 New Yorkers on the jury and in the event that they’ve ever been on the subway, this might be an acquittal,” Lichtman mentioned. “Penny needed to maintain on to this man till he stopped transferring. It is a tragic factor, however New York Metropolis is at fault, not the Marine.”

Freelance journalist Juan Alberto Vazquez, who recorded the video of the chokehold, mentioned Penny had Neely in a chokehold for “no less than quarter-hour.”

A lawyer for Neely’s household, Lennon Edwards, mentioned he took the case “as a result of quarter-hour is simply too lengthy to go with out assist, intervention, and with out air,” per USA Immediately.

In a dialog with Insider, nevertheless, Lichtman referred to as the second-degree manslaughter cost “silly,” citing the almost four-minute video that reveals Neely struggling towards Penny’s chokehold as two different passengers seem to try to additional restrain Neely.

“The individual within the video who’s pinning Mr. Neely’s arm down whereas Penny has his arm round Mr. Neely’s neck has made public statements. He is mentioned that at no level did they suppose that Mr. Neely was at risk of dying,” Lichtman mentioned.

“He was preventing again,” Lichtman added of Neely. “And in line with press accounts, he had been threatening folks on the subway.”

Fees are set to come back after almost two weeks of accelerating public stress and protests all through the town. 

“Bragg’s base — the individuals who voted him in to workplace have been demanding an arrest,” Lichtman mentioned. “So, Alvin Bragg, the political animal that he’s, jumps proper to it and costs.”

Eyewitnesses on the subway mentioned Neely, a 30-year-old Black man, was screaming about being hungry and thirsty earlier than Penny, a white man, put him in a chokehold.

Thus far, no proof has surfaced that Neely bodily assaulted anybody on the prepare. 

New York police advised Insider this month that authorities took the unconscious and unresponsive Neely to a hospital, the place he was pronounced useless. Penny was questioned by authorities the day of the incident, however was later launched. 

The medical expert’s workplace decided that Neely died from “compression of neck” and categorised his loss of life as a murder. 

Penny launched a statement by way of his lawyer final week, expressing condolences to Neely’s family and friends whereas instantly calling out Neely’s “documented historical past of violent and erratic conduct.”

“When Mr. Neely started aggressively threatening Daniel Penny and the opposite passengers, Daniel, with the assistance of others, acted to guard themselves, till assist arrived,” the assertion mentioned. “Daniel by no means supposed to hurt Mr. Neely and couldn’t have foreseen his premature loss of life.”