Family of homeless Jordan Neely who was strangled to death by ex-Marine Daniel Penny plan to file wrongful death lawsuit
The family of Jordan Neely, the homeless Michael Jackson impersonator who was killed after being strangled by Daniel Penny, has said they intend to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a Navy veteran.
Neely’s aunt, Carolyn, announced the intention in a letter sent by her attorneys, Manhattan-based Mills & Edwards, to Penny’s attorney.
‘Please note that this office has been held. . . to pursue a claim for bodily injury and wrongful death. . . . Your action resulted in the death of Jordan Neely,’ the letter reads in part. the New York Post.
The May Day confrontation was filmed, showing Penny holding Neely back with the help of two other passengers, after Neely allegedly shouted threats and threatened people on the train.
According to the Post report, Neely’s aunt is also looking for information on Penny’s insurance.
Daniel Penny, 24, faces 15 years in prison for putting Jordan Neely, 30, in a fatal chokehold
As of this writing, Daniel Penny’s legal defense fund on conservative fundraising site GiveSendGo has reached $2.8 million.
“Funds are being raised to pay Mr. Penny’s legal costs incurred for any criminal charges filed and any future civil suits that may arise, as well as expenses related to his defence,” the page reads in part.
The biggest donor to Penny’s cause is right-wing commentator Tim Pool, who donated $20,000. Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy donated $10,000 and conservative rocker Kid Rock donated $5,000.
Rock wrote on the page: ‘Mr. Penny is a hero. Alvin Bragg is an outlet. Kid Rock.’
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe fundraiser for Jordan Neely’s family, which was set up by his aunt, Carolyn, raised $150,000. This money will go towards Neely’s funeral, burial and public viewing which took place on May 15.