(trendingpoliticsnews) – A legal defense fund for former U.S. Marine Daniel Penny — who is facing second-degree manslaughter charges in New York City stemming from the death of Jordan Neely — has received more than $1,000,000 in donations in a little over 24 hours. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg opted to file charges against Penny on Friday after Neely — a homeless man with over 40 arrests who was reportedly threatening subway riders before the incident — died after being subdued by Penny.
Penny, 24, is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter and was arraigned in Manhattan on Friday. Lawyers for the defense argue that Penny took action to protect other passengers who were being threatened.
After Penny was led away from court in handcuffs, donations to a legal defense fund started by Raiser & Kenniff, P.C., the law firm representing Penny, have poured in. As of Saturday afternoon, the fund, hosted on GiveSendGo, has raised a little over one-million dollars.
“Daniel Penny is, a twenty-four-year-old college student and decorated Marine veteran, facing a criminal investigation stemming from him protecting individuals on a NYC subway train from an assailant who later died,” reads a description on the page. “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 description added that any excess funds will be donated to a mental health advocacy program in New York City.
Links to the defense fund have been shared by a number of high-profile figures and politicians, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. “We stand with Good Samaritans like Daniel Penny. Let’s show this Marine… America’s got his back,” DeSantis wrote in a tweet while sharing the link.
Penny faces a maximum of five to-15 years in prison if convicted. He was released on $100,000 bail on Friday and is due back in court in July.