DeSantis fundraises for Daniel Penny, who faces manslaughter charges in Jordan Neely death

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is fundraising for New York City Marine veteran Daniel Penny, who faces criminal charges for the death of Jordan Neely, a homeless man who witnesses and prosecutors say had been “making threats and scaring people” on the subway.

Penny, 24, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Friday and faces charges of second-degree manslaughter after he put Neely in a fatal chokehold. Lawyers for the defense argue Penny acted to protect himself and other passengers who were being threatened.

DeSantis on Friday shared a fundraiser for Penny’s legal defense, calling him a “Good Samaritan” and criticizing Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg as a “pro-criminal” and “Soros-Funded” prosecutor.

“We must defeat the Soros-Funded DAs, stop the Left’s pro-criminal agenda, and take back the streets for law abiding citizens. We stand with Good Samaritans like Daniel Penny. Let’s show this Marine… America’s got his back,” DeSantis tweeted.

He tweet linked to a GiveSendGo page set up by Raiser & Kenniff, P.C., the law firm representing Penny.

“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 fundraiser description reads. “All contributions are greatly appreciated. Any proceeds collected which exceed those necessary to cover Mr. Penny’s legal defense will be donated to a mental health advocacy program in New York City.”

The GiveSendGo campaign raised $853,213 at time of publication, with more than 18,000 donors.

On May 1, Penny, a 24-year-old Marine veteran and college student, put 30-year-old Jordan Neely in a fatal chokehold after what police described as an altercation on a northbound F train.

Neely was allegedly threatening passengers on the subway and having a mental episode. He was yelling and pacing back and forth when Penny intervened, tackled him to the ground and put him in a chokehold, witnesses and police said.

The city’s medical examiner determined that Neely died from the compression against his neck.

Chris Pandolfo