US veteran Daniel Penny to face manslaughter charge over subway chokehold death of Jordan Neely

A 24-year-old US Marine Corps veteran is expected to be charged with manslaughter following the death of a homeless man on a New York subway train.

Prosecutors in Manhattan said they will bring criminal charges against Daniel Penny on Friday after he used a fatal chokehold to pin Jordan Neely, 30, to the ground in a train carriage on 1 May.

“We cannot provide any additional information until he has been arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court, which we expect to take place tomorrow,” the Manhattan district attorney’s office said in a statement on Thursday.

Mr Neely, a black homeless man, had been shouting and begging for money but had not physically attacked anyone before he was restrained and put in a chokehold that lasted several minutes, witnesses said.

Mr Neely was found unconscious by police after the train stopped and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

He died from compression of the neck, the city medical examiner ruled.

Penny, who is white, was questioned by police in the hours after Mr Neely died but was released without charge.

He is expected to be charged with second degree manslaughter when he is due to appear in a Manhattan Criminal Court later.

His lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but they have previously said their client, along with two other passengers who also restrained Mr Neely, had acted in self-defense.

“Daniel never intended to harm Mr Neely and could not have foreseen his untimely death,” they said in a statement.


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