(trendingpoliticsnews) – As the Jordan Neely saga continues, a retiree who witnessed the incident has come forward to voice her support for Marine veteran Daniel Penny, while criticizing Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for the prosecution.
The retiree, a long-time New York City resident of over 50 years, expressed her belief that Penny’s actions were heroic and necessary to protect the safety of passengers.
“He’s a hero,” the retiree stated unequivocally. Speaking to Fox News Digital, she emphasized that charging Penny with second-degree manslaughter was unjust. “It was self-defense, and I believe in my heart that he saved a lot of people that day that could have gotten hurt,” she added. The witness, who identified herself as a woman of color, highlighted the fear experienced by those present on the train. “The people on that train, we were scared. We were scared for our lives,” she said.
Alvin Bragg filed the charges against Penny following the death of Neely, a homeless man with a history of arrests, during the altercation on a subway train. Penny’s defense team argues that he acted in defense of other threatened passengers.
Questioning the reasoning behind the charges, the anonymous retiree further remarked, “Why in the world would you take a bullet? Why? You don’t take a bullet because you’ve snatched something from somebody’s hand. You take a bullet for violence.” She insisted that Penny intervened when the erratic homeless man, identified as Mr. Neely, began using alarming language involving killing and bullets. “Mr. Penny cared for people. That’s what he did. That is his crime,” she asserted.
According to the retiree, she and at least three other passengers expressed their gratitude to Penny after the incident. “This isn’t about race. This is about people of all colors who were very, very afraid and a man who stepped in to help them,” she clarified. Stressing Penny’s non-violent intentions, she stated, “Nobody wants to kill anybody. Mr. Penny didn’t want to kill that man.”
The witness went on to describe Penny’s demeanor following the altercation, noting his visible distress. “You should have seen the way Mr. Penny looked. He was distraught. He was very, very, very visibly distressed. And he didn’t go. He didn’t run. He stayed,” she revealed.
Sharing further details about the incident, the witness highlighted the struggle to restrain Mr. Neely. “It took three men to hold Mr. Neely down. He was struggling,” she recalled, underscoring the chaotic nature of the situation.
Penny, who is currently facing second-degree manslaughter, saw a surge of financial support for his legal defense fund, with over $2 million in donations pouring in over the last couple of weeks. Notable conservatives, including musician Kid Rock, commentator Tim Pool, and 2024 candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, have made substantial contributions to assist Penny with his legal representation.
As public opinion continues to divide over the handling of this case, with supporters rallying behind Daniel Penny and his acts of heroism, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office faces mounting scrutiny for the charges brought against Penny.
If convicted, Penny could face a sentence of five to 15 years in prison.