Marine veteran Daniel Penny has surrendered to police to face charges over the choking death of homeless man Jordan Neely on a New York subway train. Witnesses claim that Neely had been yelling at and harassing passengers before Penny subdued him in a chokehold for several minutes.
The Medical Examiner’s office ruled Neely’s death a homicide caused by neck compression. Penny has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, which could carry a jail term of up to 15 years.
Penny’s attorney maintains that he was defending himself and other passengers. There have been protests across the city following Neely’s death.