Manslaughter Charges in New York Subway Death as Judge Rejects Request to Dismiss 

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Daniel Penny will face manslaughter charges in the death of Jordan Neeley.

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A New York judge dismissed Penny’s attempt to have the case dismissed. Neeley died after Penny put him in a chokehold onboard the Manhattan-bound F train subway in May. 

Witnesses reported Neely, a 30-year-old homeless Black man, was screaming at people and behaving erratically on the subway.  Penny approached him and applied a fatal chokehold from behind.

Neely’s background reveals a life marked by homelessness and mental health struggles, tracing back to the tragic death of his mother when he was just 14.

His family’s lawyers say that Neely’s mental health decline began following the traumatic incident, shaping his adulthood marked by periods of homelessness and mental health treatment.

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Neely’s Police Record

According to New York City police records Neely had an extensive prior record. This included 42 arrests between 2013 and 2021, involving allegations ranging from assault to transit fraud and criminal trespass.